Two Boston Legends square off in this matchup. I guess New England was well represented in this region. Larry Bird was so legendary one of his many nicknames was actually Larry Legend. Phil Esposito shouldn’t be just shoved aside though as he was an important Bruin back when they were Stanley Cup contenders every year, not just last season.
Although he never led the league in any major category there is no doubt Bird was one of the best players during the 1980s, in fact it really is just a coin flip between he and Magic Johnson. Bird was a nine time First Team All-NBA selection and a three time MVP winner. But Larry never much cared for the regular season as his heroics in the playoffs are what makes him so legend…wait for it…dary. Bird led the Celtics to three NBA titles and a billion other appearances and won a pair of Finals MVP awards. His career was cut short due to bad knees but his career numbers of 24.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game is still phenomenal. Larry Legend was also a deadly from beyond the arc and is well known for his trash talk which never hurts. You have to be pretty good to tell someone you’re going to beat them and then just do it right in their face.
Esposito played eight full seasons with the Bruins, and although he went on to play for the Rangers, he certainly belongs to the Bean. Esposito led the NHL in goals in six of those season, and points in five of them as well. He has some nice hardware as well, lifting up a pair of Stanley Cup trophies while a member of the Bruins to go with two Hart Trophies. Plus he has played Battalian Chief “Izzy” in the show Rescue Me with Boston native Denis Leary, if that does anything for you.