With J.R. Smith causing people to be concerned with NBA players untying opponent’s shoes, the latest work by Jack McCallum gives us an example that J.R. wasn’t the only man to do it.
Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird did as well.
Check out the below excerpt tracked down by Deadspin in McCallum’s new book about the 1990-91 Boston Celtics season called “Unfinished Business” where Bird untied one of the shoes of Pacers star Chuck Person during their first round playoff series:
Bird and Person continued their personal battle. At one point when Bird was out of the game and lying on his towel in front of the bench, he reached over and untied Person’s shoelaces as the Pacer waited for a free throw at the other end.
Bird did it, first!
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