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Larry Bird calls Pacers “soft” after blowout loss to Heat

May 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

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Larry Bird is never a guy to pull punches.

After the Pacers got run out of the building by the Heat Tuesday night the Indiana team president didn’t hold back speaking to Mike Wells of the Indy Star (via twitter).

Larry Bird: “I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”

Bird chose not to elaborate… not that he needed to. That was a punch to the gut. Bird is as fierce a competitor as the game has ever seen and his team backed down when punched in the mouth.

Miami came out angry, looking to take revenge on the Pacers and Indiana looked like a team without playoff experience. Which they are. Indy was overwhelmed and once Danny Granger went down with an ankle injury they fell apart worse than the plot of “Matrix: Revolutions.” It wasn’t pretty.

We’ll see what kind of fight the Pacers come back with in Game 6, although if Granger is out it may be moot.

  1. professoressadiesel - May 23, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I wish there were more players in today’s league just like Larry Bird.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 23, 2012 at 8:25 AM

      There are. Udonis Haslem.

      • pglive21 - May 23, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        He said players, not thugs. Haslem needs to sit Game 6. What a dirty play.

      • thebigkahuna23 - May 23, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        This guy

      • chitownmatt - May 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        In the future, please refrain from comparing Udonis Haslem to Larry Bird…. or even mentioning their names in the same sentence.
        Thank you.

    • wfon1 - May 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

      kobe bryant

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      Then they bring Pittman in with the SOLE purpose of doing THAT.

      • edweird0 - May 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        You’re an idiot if you think spolstera or Riley would have condoned such a random act of violence.

      • trickybastard - May 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        that makes edweird0 a naive idiot

  2. lemfaxx - May 23, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Granger-anger. I like him before…

  3. jh4prez - May 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I hope ud doesnt get suspended for defending his teammate.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      Defending what? An accidental swipe of the face while going for the ball? You Heat “fans” sure manage to only see what you WANT to see, don’t you?

      • finalword33 - May 23, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Accidental that left a scratch half the length of his face. He used to opportunity to rake the face. Dirty.

      • edweird0 - May 23, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        Dude he BARELY touched his face. Stop over dramatizing everything you little drama queen

      • trickybastard - May 23, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        don’t worry, edweird0 is just a little emotional because his boyfriend Rupaul can’t play :(

      • david8726 - May 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        You’re really naive if you think Hansbrough hammering Wade as hard as he id was accidental. Go watch the play. Look at the expression on Hansbrough’s face as he brings the hammer down. He was out to smash Wade as hard as possible, and he succeeded.

  4. bleed4philly - May 23, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    “Game over boys” – Larry Bird

  5. packhawk04 - May 23, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Ha. Saying udonis haslem is a competitor like larry bird is like saying lebron james is as clutch as michael jordan.

    • t16rich - May 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      How does this have 28 thumbs down? People can’t handle the truth I guess.

    • david8726 - May 23, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      You don’t know very much about Udonis Haslem to type that sentence. Haslem is one of the fiercest competitors this league has.

      He’s an undersized power forward who has somehow managed to carve out a very long NBA career despite the fact that he doesn’t have any special offensive skills. He’s survived so long is through sheer toughness and willpower.

  6. unfortunatelyavikingsfan - May 23, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Agreed – Matrix Revolutions was the most disappointing movies I’ve seen (because I loved the first one).

    Not sure why the Pacers folded last. I’m still hopeful they will come back. Remember when Larry told his Celtic teammates they “played like a bunch of women” after getting blown out by the Lakers? Next game they came out playing for blood. Let’s hope this has the same effect

    • duane888 - May 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Why they folded you ask?? Simple. Indiana is not as talented as Miami.

  7. n1heatfan - May 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    It is kind of funny. But don’t you guys think the Pacers got what they asked for. D West has been pushing and shoving everybody at will without being called. Grange has also fouled a lot more than he’s been called for. He has been got on everybody’s face at will. The coach was the first one to start with the trash talk. Now the Heat finally reacted, and everybody is upset. All I have to say is, don’t polk a lion with a stick…

  8. thebigkahuna23 - May 23, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    This is just Larry Legend trying to get his team pumped. The media coverage of this series has been ridiculous. I’m beginning to think you have to be bi-polar to work at espn.

  9. canehouse - May 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    after last nights game… the refs are going call it close and have a happy whistle… so if the “tough guy chip on their shoulders pacers come out and try to play tougher or “for blood” that will play right into the HEAT’s favor.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      The Heat were already getting all the calls anyway, so you’re right.

      • soflasfinest - May 23, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Ohhhhhh noooo mr wrong is back with his referee whining bs. Yay

  10. karlton2 - May 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Larry needs to give the pre-game speech for Game 6, Game 7*, and every other game* going forward.

    *if necessary

  11. thetooloftools - May 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    This could into an all out brawl before it’s over. They need to fight right there on the court.

    • isayow - May 23, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      If the keep letting them commit obvious flagrant 2 fouls with no real enforcement of the rule, we might as well change the channel and watch Hockey.

    • duane888 - May 23, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      The lesser talented of 2 teams usually resort to bully tactics. Indiana started it, and Miami’s just returning it. Now all the Indiana fans and Larry Bird are crying about it bcuz their team is getting beat up.

  12. sageandjudahsdad - May 23, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    The Pacers are done. Stick a fork in them and let’s move on to the old age home team from Boston

  13. Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    I won’t say they’re soft. Looked more like Hill, Hibbert and George were THROWING THE GAME.

    • duane888 - May 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Sounds like a cheap attempt of trying not to admit they’re just not as talented as Miami.

  14. jagwar73 - May 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    “Mr. cheap shot” Wade started all of this. He then has the nerve to whine about his face being hit. Didn’t you break Kobe’s nose during the All-Star game!?! “Don’t touch ME” says the pretty girl. Dwyane you’re still gorgeous, just don’t get your panties in a wad. Go WEST!

  15. 11jlacy - May 23, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Larry your words are going to push your team over the cliff bye bye.

    • kappneffect - May 23, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      If they do, they never deserved to be there from jump. Hopefully he lights a fire and gets the rolling…who knows though

  16. truthhurtstoo - May 23, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    pacers are whiney little wannabes. Worthless and weak as Larry said, S O F T !

  17. 11jlacy - May 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    john chaney called riley n told him to put in the goon.

  18. hoosiercolts - May 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    He says they’re soft because Frank should have had one of his guys break a Heat players face. The Heat have been playing dirty all series and have been allowed to do so by the Refs. It all started with that petulant pussy DWade. He should have missed the next game and so should Haslem and Pittman.

    • david8726 - May 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Are you watching the same series as me? Have you not seen how the Pacers players (especially Granger) have been constantly trying to start a fight with Wade and LeBron?

      Last night, it was a Pacers player who drew first blood (literally) by hammering Wade. Haslem then defended his teammates on the other end.

      The Pittman play was completely over the line, true. But it’s completely bogus to act as if the Heat have been the instigators in this series.

      • duane888 - May 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Same thing happens in hockey. The team that realizes they’re over-matched will send out their goons to start shit with the opposing team’s best players.

        Indiana’s not soft, they just woke a sleeping giant and are starting to realize it now. Second 1/2 of game 4 is solid proof.

  19. ihatelebron - May 23, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Hansbrough and Haslem’s fouls didn’t bother me but I see Haslem’s as worse since he didn’t even go for ball.

    Pittman’s was ridiculous. Dude should be out rest of season (not that it would matter)

    Lebron and Wade laughing on the bench shows no class. pacers should have one of their crap guys knock Lebron on his ass. Gotta do it to their star to make heat think twice next time.

  20. jagwar73 - May 23, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Indiana can’t beat those refs (and the Heat)! #Anyonebutmiami

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