“He wanted to embarrass me, so he asked me if my mother was watching,” Craig Ehlo recalled telling the famous Larry Bird anecdote.

Ehlo recalled how it didn’t work to trash-talk Larry Bird.

Craig Ehlo guarded Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Clyde Drexler during his 14-year NBA career. None of those players, though, presented his hardest defensive matchup. Rather, the former guard—who is most remembered for missing one of the most memorable jumpers in NBA history—selected the Boston Celtics icon. “I detested having to guard Larry Bird the most. Craig claimed of him during his appearance on “60 Days of Summer” that “he was not a nice guy.”

“I detested having to guard Larry Bird the most. Craig claimed of him during his appearance on “60 Days of Summer” that “he was not a nice guy.” Recalling Bird’s trash-talk, Ehlo An old proverb states that you should never kill the beast before selling the bear’s hide. Before he started prodding the bear, Ehlo wished someone had informed him that. Larry Bird was contained in the first half of one of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ games by “Mr Everything,” who was assigned to guard the star player of the opposing club. But his remarks simply gave the Celtics’ forward more motivation to rally.

“He was having a somewhat difficult first half of a game in Cleveland. You used to leave the court in the same manner in Cleveland during halftime, and I used to kind of puff up at him, walking beside him and saying things like, “Yeah, you’re 1-for-10.” You know, defense like that. He only gave me a vague glance and remarked, “There are two halves.” Ehlo remembered. Craig ought to have realized better; he was speaking with the ultimate liar and someone who thrived on others’ doubts about him. The shooting guard for the Cavaliers should have simply gone to the restroom. However, he didn’t, and the outcome was humiliating.

“He came back out and hit about ten in a row on me, and the last one was left-handed, and he asked me if my mother was watching because he wanted to embarrass me,” Craig recalled.

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