Larry Bird Secretly Mentored Several Younger NBA Superstars but Doesn’t Like to Talk About It

The modern NBA wouldn’t be anything close to what it is today without Boston Celtics Larry Bird and the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson. The superstars who came after these two all owe a debt of gratitude to Bird and Magic. Some — like Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant even have stories about meaningful personal interactions with Bird.

Unlike Magic, though, who is happy to tell the media about his words of wisdom to players like LeBron James and Bryant, Bird liked to keep these interactions “private.” However, NBA insider Jackie MacMullan shares on her Icons Club podcast that a few younger superstars owe a debt to Bird for his kind actions and insightful words.

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