I'll let Indy Cornrows set this up:
Nice to know there are some things we can still count on. In this NBA era where hugs and friendly banter among stars precede every big game, a couple of '80s rivals maintain a heavy disdain for one another to this day.
Bill Laimbeer, in Indy to coach the WNBA Detroit Shock, was on the air with 1070 The Fan's Eddie White and Bob Kravitz for an extended interview this afternoon.
In the middle of the interview, Larry Bird's name was brought into the conversation and it was obvious the two haven't mended any fences since fighting for the ultimate NBA prize throughout the late '80s.
Here's the part that sticks out the most:
Yup, that sounds like Laimbeer. See the rest here.
Laimbeer: For a competitor like him and myself or Isiah or Magic Johnson - having a job, you can get a job anywhere. So why are you in the business? You're in the business to compete for the championship and if you're not able to compete for the championship, you can't get the job done, what are you doing there?
Kravitz: Sometimes guys who are rivals on the court, like Larry and Magic, they're pretty good friends they stay in touch. You don't have that relationship, you don't have A relationship with Larry is what I'm picking up on. Do you just not like him?
Laimbeer: I just don't care to.
Kravitz: Does this go back to '87 or is this even pre-fight?
Laimbeer: Oh, we've never...we didn't grow up together. We've never hung out together and never been friend, so why would I want to go hang out with Larry Bird.