Fun Bird story forwarded from posting to JB's celticsstuff list
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Mon Jun 11 16:36:14 CDT 2007
catching up with: scott wedman
Champion stays modest
Former Celtic finally finds time to celebrate career
By Irv Moss
Denver Post Staff Writer
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated:06/10/2007 11:11:40 PM MDT
Wedman tells of his days as a distance runner. He didn't run during
his prep days at Mullen High School or at the University of Colorado,
but Bird provided a memorable indoctrination.
The scene was set when Wedman arrived at practice one day and found
Bird running around the basketball floor. The process continued for a
few days before Bird let it be known that he wanted to run a marathon.
Bird's next step was to enter a 10-kilometer race, and, of course,
Wedman went along for the run.
"We started out pretty slow and everybody was passing us," Wedman
said. "We could hear people saying that they were passing Larry Bird.
Then, with about a mile to go, he takes off on a dead sprint. I'm
right on his heels and nobody passed us. When we crossed the finish
line, I could hardly breathe. He just headed for a bar."
Bird remembers the race, too.
"I actually won the heavyweight division," Bird said from the Indiana
Pacers' headquarters. "We both ran it in 32-something. Scott was a
hard-nosed player and a very good teammate. I enjoyed being around
him and always ahead of him when we ran."
And man that last bit is just classic Bird <g> as are his ways of
finishing the race
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