Aug 9, 2013, 11:52 AM EST
What makes the 1980s my favorite NBA era to watch replays of is simple: The two best players in the game were amazing passers.
People remember Magic Johnson’s assists, but they sleep on Larry Bird, who also had this amazing court sense and ability to find the open man. In case you forgot, here is eight minutes of Larry Bird making great passes.
Combine this passing with a faster tempo and what you get is ball movement and player movement off the ball that is very difficult to defend. Too many NBA coaches want to slow things down now and micromanage the game today, but if you have players you can trust they can create beautiful basketball.
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