NBA great Larry Bird anticipates that participants in the All-Star Game will “play hard.”

Prior to the commencement of the NBA All-Star basketball game in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 18, 2024, NBA legend Larry Bird, center, 12-time All-Star Oscar Robertson, left, and former Indiana Pacers player Reggie Miller, center, address the crowd. (Image by Darron Cummings/AP) (AP)
It was the first time the league had returned to its original format since 2017. East against West. a standard four-quarter game. The league is hoping that this will help recreate some of the thrill that once defined the All-Star Games.

However, one former All-Star holds a distinct viewpoint. At Sunday’s Legends Brunch in Indianapolis, Larry Bird—who participated in twelve All-Star Games—spoke and offered some straightforward counsel to the twenty-four players who will take the court on Sunday night.

Bird stated, “The one thing I really hope to see is them play hard in this All-Star Game tonight.”

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