|The interview airs Thursday on ESPN (7 p.m. ET).|
Bird added, "The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me. I still don't understand why."
Bird was sitting down in a "Two on Two" group interview with his pal Magic Johnson and two rookie stars, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. But the feel-good get-together took an unexpected turn, and stirred up a hornet's nest of thoughts and attitudes on race in the NBA.
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