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The original and greatest Big 3 of all time

      The Original Big 3, in this writers opinion was the greatest trio ever put together. If your an older Celtics fan Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish are names that stir up great memories! If your on the younger end and hear Big 3 the names Pierce, Garnett, and Allen come to mind. Not bad in their own right, but nowhere near the Original. 

     In Larry Bird you had it all! He could pass as if he had eyes in the back of his head. He wasn't afraid to rebound and start the fast break! He had a killer instinct, his trash talk was legendary, not to mention he was a dive-on-the-floor, lunch pail guy! As a shooter he was feared by his opponents and was deadly from outside. Defensively Larry was willing to get his hands dirty, even if that meant throwing a punch. He literally gave his entire body and soul to the game of basketball. 

     With Kevin McHale you had a player who's post up game was so insane he named his moves! When he was on you couldn't stop him! Absolutely automatic! McHale was an all around player who could pass with the best of the bigs. He wasn't afraid to bang on the boards, he excelled in rebounding on both ends of the floor. Defensively he was no slouch, just ask Kurt Rambis

     Robert Parish " The Chief" was the ultimate team player willing to do what was needed to win. He had a unique shot and his post up game was damn good. An athletic big willing to run the floor and get those fast break buckets. He could defend and stuff his opponents shots. Another willing and able rebounder on both ends of the floor. Not a bad passer either. 

     These three were the perfect complement to each other! None of them needed the spotlight like today's players. They were unselfish, give it their all basketball savants! Their chemistry on the court was legendary. They made everyone else around them better! They made each other better! The only regret they and Celtics fans have is, winning more titles! The Big 3 was part of the NBA's 50th Anniversary team, this writer fully expects them to be on the 75th!

     For anyone who loves basketball and the Celtics, go back and watch their greatness. It's a clinic on beautiful, team basketball. There was no "I" in team - it was just about wInning! As always my articles are open for discussion! Give me your thoughts agree or disagree!


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