On Valentine’s Day, 1986, Larry Bird tells his team and the media that he plans to play the next game left-handed.
He ends up scoring 10 of his 21 field goals with his left hand. Bird finished the game with 47 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.
Bird also scored a clutch basket to send the game into OT and eventually hits the game winning shot with three seconds left to lift the Celtics to a 120-119 victory over the Trail Blazers.
The left-handed boast may seem unnecessary and even arrogant, but it sums up the sort of extraordinary player Boston icon Bird was.
The defending champs went on to lose the NBA Finals that season to Magic Johnson’s Lakers in what would be the Celtics’ last Finals appearance until the 2007-08 season.