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Celtics legend Larry Bird, 51, will be making a one-game return to the Celtics in the C’s final home game against the New Jersey Nets on April 16. Bird has already guaranteed victory, saying the Celtics will win by 33 points.
“I am walking through that door now,” said Bird.
Bird also plans to play exactly 33 minutes, no matter what situation in the game.
“I don’t care if I’m in the middle of shooting another three,” said Bird. “I’m leaving the game right at 33. Doc will be keeping track of the time as well.”
One Celtics player is extremely excited to play with Bird.
“It’ll be fun playing on the same front line as Larry,” said Kevin Garnett. “I can guarantee I’ll play more than 5 minutes though.”
The Celtics are on pace for the team’s best record since the 1985-86 team, which featured Bird, Robert Parrish, and Kevin McHale. Bird claimed the 2007-08 version doesn’t compare.
“This team now hasn’t won anything. How do they expect to compete with the ’86 team if they don’t have one of the original Big Three?”
…So Bird wants to remain for the rest of the season?
“You’re damn right. 33 minutes per night, every game, until we win the NBA Title, which is a guarantee now that I’m back and better than ever.”