The price of success is included with every one of Larry Bird’s handshakes.
Both the index and pinkie fingers on the right hand of the Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations are permanently bent — keepsakes from a 13-year NBA career in which points (21,791), rebounds (8,974) and championships (3) are forever part of the man’s fabric.
Sitting in his office inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse recently, Bird tells the grimace-inducing tale of the wayward pinkie — how while once using his hands to temporarily anchor an opposing player, Bird’s digit got caught in the jersey. The player made a sharp cut to the right and, well, it’s pretty self-explanatory from there.
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