Larry Bird vs. Chris Mullin
I went to St. John’s University. But in 1985, when Chris Mullin was winning his John Wooden Award for being the best player in college basketball, I was 5. So I didn’t see him play much.
In fact, living in Maine and not really caring much for NCAA basketball until the Fab Five showed up, I can’t even recall knowing what St. John’s was. I remember seeing them and Malik Sealy play during that era, but it wasn’t like I ended up going there out of some nostalgic connection to the glory days of Mully and Mark Jackson in the mid-80s.
But I always did love watching Chris play. Run-TMC in Golden State was sublime offense and the 1997-98 Indiana Pacers are probably my favorite team in NBA history. Between all these things, I’m among the bigger Mully reppers around. His SJU jersey is probably the only one I would ever wear, this being 2011 and all. Him making the Hall of Fame gave me some real joy. Hearing that legendary St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca, a delight of a human being, would introduce him? That just made it even greater.
So it is with a big smile that I see things like this. Here, Indy Cornrows recounts Larry Bird talking about the time he and Mullin had a shoot-out in practice.
I’m pretty sure I would pay more to see a video tape of that duel than I would an current NBA game. Shooters gonna shoot.