Larry Bird was part of Mychal Thompson’s three rules of life: "Don't make Larry Bird mad"

Larry Bird's career averages of 24.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game during his 13-year NBA career, despite dealing with back injuries in the latter stages,  

demonstrate how difficult he was to defend. Furthermore, if the three-time MVP had extra motivation to dominate, it would be a brutal night for any defender.  

As a result, Mychal Thompson made it a point to never provoke him while on the court.  

Thompson on incorporating Bird into his three rules of life Trying to keep Larry under control was difficult enough, but dealing with a trash-talking and showboating Larry was a whole other story.  

And 'Sweet Bells,' who was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, quickly realized that preventing Bird from becoming overly motivated was critical to keeping his scoring under control.  

Eventually, this realization led him to incorporate the 12-time All-Star into his three life rules.  

"There are three rules in life - death, having to pay taxes, and whatever you do on the basketball court, don't make Larry Bird mad," Thompson stated.  

Mychal's observation rings true, especially given how Bird dominated Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Finals. Throughout the game, Kevin Willis  

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