On the heels of his team puking all over their shoes in an embarrassing 115-83 loss at the hands of the hosting Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird had this to say:
“I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird told Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star over the phone. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.”
Bird’s comments are sure to motivate the team, but it might be too late. The Pacers are in a 3-2 hole and Danny Granger’s status for Game 6 remains uncertain after spraining his ankle.
Larry Bird call his team "SOFT" nastiest 4 letter word you can call an athlete!
— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) May 23, 2012
— Gerald Matthews jr (@G83matt) May 23, 2012
Larry Bird had the cred to call Pacers S-O-F-T and, in his day, chops to do s/thing about it (remember Dr. J bout?). Never needed…
— Steve Aschburner (@AschNBA) May 23, 2012
If Larry Bird called his team soft, he knew exactly what he was doing. He wouldn't say it if he didn't know what effect it would have.
— Chicago sports, etc (@ChiTownSports) May 23, 2012
no need to interpret Larry Bird's comments. Find out Thursday night. I am sure the pacers know exactly what he meant.
— GINGER SANDERS (@BIRDLEGS7) May 23, 2012
Would Larry Bird go as far as to say that the Pacer "played like a bunch of sisses"?
— Demetri I. (@Demeatloaf2) May 23, 2012
I applaud Larry Bird comment. Them boys need that motivation, now at LEAST West & Granger finna come out swingin tomorrow
— J. (@Watch_Me24) May 23, 2012
I'm surprised Larry Bird called us soft, but he is exactly right. We played scared. The only guy who didn't seem scared was Psycho T!
— Hensley Akiboh (@BigHenz88) May 23, 2012