Bird de­liv­ers Pac­ers’ 2021 All-Star bid in an Indy car

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports.

NEW YORK | In­di­ana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it — in an Indy car.

Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Av­enue in his car Mon­day to de­liver the Pac­ers’ bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Com­mis­sioner Adam Sil­ver, fit­ting his 6-foot-9 frame into a car usu­ally driven by much shorter peo­ple.

Bird, an In­di­ana na­tive and now the Pac­ers pres­i­dent, had driven an Indy car only once, dur­ing his prac­tice for his drive Mon­day.

Draw­ing a crowd of a cou­ple hun­dred spec­ta­tors, he ma­neu­vered along the left lane, ex­ited his yel­low and blue “Larry Bird” car and called it a “lit­tle rough ride” be­cause of his big feet and the car’s small ped­als.

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