May 24, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird watches the game against the Miami Heat in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 99-87. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers’ Larry Bird sticks tongue out at Miami Heat fan (Photo)

The Miami Heat put an end to the Indiana Pacers season on Saturday night, winning their Eastern Conference Finals matchup, sending Miami to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals.

Clearly unhappy with the result was Pacers president Larry Bird who decided to stick his tongue out at Miami Heat fan attempting to snap a photo of the NBA legend.

According to Deadspin, the Heat fan who took the picture said it came in the fourth quarter (likely when the game was clearly out of reach) and Bird was well aware that his team wouldn’t be forcing a Game 7 in Indianapolis.

Some might take the picture as Bird being his typical salty self, though, it doesn’t look as if Bird was sticking his tongue out in a spirit of meanness, rather just having some fun with the Heat fan who wanted to grab a picture of the icon.


In fairness to Bird, while I’m sure his gut was churning on the inside, that was a pretty remarkable display of playfulness given everything the Pacers have went through during the past few months. I’d probably have been slumped over my seat, telling it all my problems as I double fisted some booze in pain.

Thankfully I’m not a Pacers fan, so nobody had to witness such.


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