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An apostle of Basketball Jesus

The Sports Guy recalls coming of age alongside his hero, Celtics great Larry Bird.

Updated: December 6, 2006, 2:51 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2 columnist

This column was originally published April 25, 2003.

When Larry Bird joined the Celtics in 1979, I was just nine years old, dreaming about playing for the hometown team some day. My Dad and I attended just about every game at the Boston Garden. The place was dead. Bird came in and transformed everything, like Swayze waltzing into the Double Deuce and cleaning house in "Road House." He wasn't just great, he changed the way his teammates played. He brought everyone to a higher place. Of the ...

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