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(Sportscasting)   All Larry Bird needed was a nice place to live, some beer, some coke, and something good to eat. Wait, back up there   (sportscasting.com) divider line
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‘’ 1 day ago  
That's some lame trolling, subby.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Seriously, though - who can't relate to just wanting some soda, beer, food, and a nice house?

I can't tell if the author is being cheeky or if they really believe Bird was talking about soda.

"The one essential thing I want is a clean, comfortable place to live," he asserts. "Other than that, money is not that big of a deal to me. I know it's easy to say that when you have some, but I mean it. If I have enough money for some Coke, some beer, something to eat, and a nice place to live, I don't need much more."

The capitalization of coke is the writer, Bob Ryan's. This interview was most certainly on the phone or in person. Not like today where the interviewer emails some questions and the subject answers them in writing.

Who wasn't doing coke in the 80's? Besides me because I was a kid.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

jaylectricity: Who wasn't doing coke in the 80's? Besides me because I was a kid.


That's no excuse, Drew Barrymore was a kid in the 80s and coked to the gills.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
The little hick from French Lick:

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‘’ 1 day ago  

Badmoodman: The little hick from French Lick:

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Jesus he's like a blonde long lost Manning.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

kudayta: jaylectricity: Who wasn't doing coke in the 80's? Besides me because I was a kid.

That's no excuse, Drew Barrymore was a kid in the 80s and coked to the gills.


If I knew how to get some, but alas I was just growing up on an air force base.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
As popular as cocaine was with NBA players in the 80's, I just can't image the 'Hick From French Lick' partaking.

However

John Mellencamp: "I've known Larry Bird since we were kids. When he was on the Celtics and I was playing in Boston, he and Kevin McHale would come to my dressing room after the show and smoke me under the table."
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

Badmoodman: The little hick from French Lick:

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All that's missing is a banjo
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Didn't everyone have coke in the 80's? I mean there was so much coke Kirk Cameron almost did it.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
Bob Saget was 65 and roughly 8 months.
He, Larry, just turned 65 last month. Now we play the waiting game.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

indybill23: Didn't everyone have coke in the 80's? I mean there was so much coke Kirk Cameron almost did it.


I was 14 when Len Bias died from using cocaine. Scared the shiat outta me. I never touched the stuff. I stuck to smoking fark tons of weed and hash, drinking copius amounts of alcohol, dropping lotsa LSD, and eating magic mushrooms. I played it safe.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  

bedonkadonk: indybill23: Didn't everyone have coke in the 80's? I mean there was so much coke Kirk Cameron almost did it.

I was 14 when Len Bias died from using cocaine. Scared the shiat outta me. I never touched the stuff. I stuck to smoking fark tons of weed and hash, drinking copius amounts of alcohol, dropping lotsa LSD, and eating magic mushrooms. I played it safe.


I was 8 when Bias did, never did an illegal drug outside a handful of underage drinking.
 
‘’ 1 day ago  
"Coke" is Southron for "Soda," or "Pop," subby.
 
‘’ 22 hours ago  
$24 million over 13 years? That's it?
 
‘’ 22 hours ago  
That would be the life.
 
‘’ 21 hours ago  

qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?


Keep that number in mind the next time pro athletes strike for better wages.
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

indybill23: bedonkadonk: indybill23: Didn't everyone have coke in the 80's? I mean there was so much coke Kirk Cameron almost did it.

I was 14 when Len Bias died from using cocaine. Scared the shiat outta me. I never touched the stuff. I stuck to smoking fark tons of weed and hash, drinking copius amounts of alcohol, dropping lotsa LSD, and eating magic mushrooms. I played it safe.

I was 8 when Bias did, never did an illegal drug outside a handful of underage drinking.


It's suspected that Reggie Lewis also died of a heart attack that resulted from cocaine use.
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

bedonkadonk: indybill23: Didn't everyone have coke in the 80's? I mean there was so much coke Kirk Cameron almost did it.

I was 14 when Len Bias died from using cocaine. Scared the shiat outta me. I never touched the stuff. I stuck to smoking fark tons of weed and hash, drinking copius amounts of alcohol, dropping lotsa LSD, and eating magic mushrooms. I played it safe.


Yayo is fun the first few times but you didn't miss much.

"Cocaine is God's way of telling you that you make too much money"
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

Gonz: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Keep that number in mind the next time pro athletes strike for better wages.


At the top levels it's pretty much always a lockout. The only people striking/threatening to strike are the players in leagues making far less than that.

/A strike also isn't always about pay
//like how baseball owners play with calling people up to mess with years of service and eliminate the possibility of someone becoming a FA as they're hitting their prime and maxing out their value
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?


Would be about $80M if he were playing today. It's a lot of money but still really nothing compared to what the superstars in the league make today. Guys like Lebron and Curry are making $40+M per season.
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

deadsanta: "Coke" is Southron for "Soda," or "Pop," subby.


As rural and country as Southern Indiana is, I'm not sure they say Coke for Soda. Think they say soda. Coke for soda is extremely southern, like Dixie southern. Northern Illinois we said Pop, southern Illinois where everyone has a thick southern accent, they say soda. Only heard Coke for soda from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana types.
 
‘’ 20 hours ago  

Gonz: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Keep that number in mind the next time pro athletes strike for better wages.


Yea let's give the owners and the league even more money when the players are literally the entire enterprise.

FFS guess you meet one every day.
 
‘’ 19 hours ago  

geggy: It's suspected that Reggie Lewis also died of a heart attack that resulted from cocaine use.


It's suspected that cocaine use is how your comment came to be in the first place.

This is why he died:

Autopsy results would later confirm that Lewis had an enlarged heart, an inherited defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which produced an errant heart rhythm under exercise stress that led to his sudden death. Indeed, Lewis had fainted during a game a few months before, prompting a much-publicized debate on his heart health and foreshadowing his death. But not in time for Lewis to have had an automated defibrillator implanted, a device that can electrically shock the heart back to pumping after it has stopped.
 
‘’ 19 hours ago  

Bathtub Cynic: deadsanta: "Coke" is Southron for "Soda," or "Pop," subby.

As rural and country as Southern Indiana is, I'm not sure they say Coke for Soda. Think they say soda. Coke for soda is extremely southern, like Dixie southern. Northern Illinois we said Pop, southern Illinois where everyone has a thick southern accent, they say soda. Only heard Coke for soda from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana types.


Coke is an ATL thing, so definitely all of GA and most of south as well.
 
‘’ 19 hours ago  

abhorrent1: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Would be about $80M if he were playing today. It's a lot of money but still really nothing compared to what the superstars in the league make today. Guys like Lebron and Curry are making $40+M per season.


League revenues, owner profits, and player salaries across all sports (and league revenue) changed dramatically with the influx of cable tv dollars and changes in business philosophy. In the early 80s revenue was barely $100M across the entirety of the NBA. League revenue last year was over $5B. Read another way, over the entire course of Bird's career the league made less money than it did last year alone.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  

TTFK: geggy: It's suspected that Reggie Lewis also died of a heart attack that resulted from cocaine use.

It's suspected that cocaine use is how your comment came to be in the first place.

This is why he died:

Autopsy results would later confirm that Lewis had an enlarged heart, an inherited defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which produced an errant heart rhythm under exercise stress that led to his sudden death. Indeed, Lewis had fainted during a game a few months before, prompting a much-publicized debate on his heart health and foreshadowing his death. But not in time for Lewis to have had an automated defibrillator implanted, a device that can electrically shock the heart back to pumping after it has stopped.


Not even close to the whole truth.

Lewis admitted to using cocaine, that's not debatable.

At the time of his death the WSJ reported that the Lewis family, the NBA, and the Celtics, were putting immense pressure on the PA coroner to rule the death natural based on a heart defect present either at birth or caused by the cold virus in some individuals.

The debate wasn't whether Lewis was a cocaine user, he was. It was whether his use scarred his heart to the extent that it killed him during routine exercise. The family and the NBA said no, the coroner initially said "Maybe" and most other medical experts said, most likely.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  

raukos7: abhorrent1: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Would be about $80M if he were playing today. It's a lot of money but still really nothing compared to what the superstars in the league make today. Guys like Lebron and Curry are making $40+M per season.

League revenues, owner profits, and player salaries across all sports (and league revenue) changed dramatically with the influx of cable tv dollars and changes in business philosophy. In the early 80s revenue was barely $100M across the entirety of the NBA. League revenue last year was over $5B. Read another way, over the entire course of Bird's career the league made less money than it did last year alone.


Alternately, if you want to put it this way, in a way that makes it seem the MOST like salaries have exploded, let's take Bird's 1983-84 salary of $600K (the next year his salary tripled) and the NBA's 1984 revenue of $165M. That puts Bird at earning 0.36% of league revenue in 1984.

Then we'll compare that not to someone at a comparable point in their career, but, say, Steph Curry's salary, since he's the highest-paid player in the league at $45.7M. The league's projected revenue this year is $10B. Curry is making 0.45% of league revenue.

If we compared things more honestly, to Giannis (both Bird in '85, after the title and the raise and Giannis now were hitting their peaks on title teams)...top players are actually earning LESS of a percentage of league income now.
 
‘’ 18 hours ago  

raukos7: abhorrent1: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Would be about $80M if he were playing today. It's a lot of money but still really nothing compared to what the superstars in the league make today. Guys like Lebron and Curry are making $40+M per season.

League revenues, owner profits, and player salaries across all sports (and league revenue) changed dramatically with the influx of cable tv dollars and changes in business philosophy. In the early 80s revenue was barely $100M across the entirety of the NBA. League revenue last year was over $5B. Read another way, over the entire course of Bird's career the league made less money than it did last year alone.


There was an explosion in player salaries a few years ago due to the new TV deal with ESPN which significantly increased league revenues. The labor deal between the players in the league determines the revenue split, but in the past it was 51% to players, 49% to the league, and I don't imagine it is much different now.
 
‘’ 17 hours ago  

qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?


You need to keep in in context. When Bird and Magic turned pro, the NBA finals were shown on tape delay.
 
‘’ 17 hours ago  

FreeLawyer: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

You need to keep in in context. When Bird and Magic turned pro, the NBA finals were shown on tape delay.


Keep it in context.
 
‘’ 17 hours ago  
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If you ever get the chance, this is a fantastic documentary on Larry Bird's younger years.
 
‘’ 15 hours ago  

IAmRight: raukos7: abhorrent1: qorkfiend: $24 million over 13 years? That's it?

Would be about $80M if he were playing today. It's a lot of money but still really nothing compared to what the superstars in the league make today. Guys like Lebron and Curry are making $40+M per season.

League revenues, owner profits, and player salaries across all sports (and league revenue) changed dramatically with the influx of cable tv dollars and changes in business philosophy. In the early 80s revenue was barely $100M across the entirety of the NBA. League revenue last year was over $5B. Read another way, over the entire course of Bird's career the league made less money than it did last year alone.

Alternately, if you want to put it this way, in a way that makes it seem the MOST like salaries have exploded, let's take Bird's 1983-84 salary of $600K (the next year his salary tripled) and the NBA's 1984 revenue of $165M. That puts Bird at earning 0.36% of league revenue in 1984.

Then we'll compare that not to someone at a comparable point in their career, but, say, Steph Curry's salary, since he's the highest-paid player in the league at $45.7M. The league's projected revenue this year is $10B. Curry is making 0.45% of league revenue.

If we compared things more honestly, to Giannis (both Bird in '85, after the title and the raise and Giannis now were hitting their peaks on title teams)...top players are actually earning LESS of a percentage of league income now.


Pay aside, if players really cared about future players like they claim, they wouldn't agree to these long term CBAs.
Things change fast and by the time a 5-10 year CBA expires, most if not all of the guys that voted for it are long out of the leagues. But they don't care. They have a "fark you, I got mine" attitude just like everyone else.

Not saying I blame them for getting what they want when they can, just quit pretending they're doing it for the greater good. You're doing what's best for you at the moment. Just own it.
 
‘’ 13 hours ago  

Bathtub Cynic: deadsanta: "Coke" is Southron for "Soda," or "Pop," subby.

As rural and country as Southern Indiana is, I'm not sure they say Coke for Soda. Think they say soda. Coke for soda is extremely southern, like Dixie southern. Northern Illinois we said Pop, southern Illinois where everyone has a thick southern accent, they say soda. Only heard Coke for soda from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana types.


I grew up in Louisville, and we said coke for soda pop. I think the soda/pop/coke map reflects that.
 
‘’ 13 hours ago  

dylanthomas: As popular as cocaine was with NBA players in the 80's, I just can't image the 'Hick From French Lick' partaking.

However

John Mellencamp: "I've known Larry Bird since we were kids. When he was on the Celtics and I was playing in Boston, he and Kevin McHale would come to my dressing room after the show and smoke me under the table."


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