Celtics legend Larry Bird is famously credited as being one of the best smack-talkers ever seen in the NBA — now the karma bus has arrived in the form of a ripe tomato.
The 63-year-old hall of famer became a human plaything for the internet on Monday (AEST) when a picture of a warped tomato began spreading across the internet.
Unfortunately for Bird, the similarities were spooky.
Watch Live NBA every day until the playoffs with ESPN on Kayo. Starts 31st July. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >
The image of the tomato was first posted on Saturday (AEST) — but as soon as its likeness with Bird was first noticed, the tweet took off.
Soon after the fruit was first declared to be Bird in tomato-form, the 12-time NBA All Star’s name began trending on Twitter in the United States.
The jokes were coming thick and fast.
Larry Bird left himself wide open.Source:Twitter
Nobody is safe in the age of photoshop.
“Larry Bird trending because someone found a tomato that looks like him is a throwback to a simpler time on Twitter,” one fan wrote.
Larry Bird enters the Indiana State Fair largest tomato contest.
Which one of you m***********s is coming in second? pic.twitter.com/vRn17kSqBM
Seriously someone please tell Larry Bird that I'm sorry pic.twitter.com/CBkOQOi2ZZ
Morbidly, there was also a great sense of relief for diehard NBA fans, who feared the worst after seeing Bird’s name trending on Twitter.
Even Larry Bird can’t talk his way out of this one.Source:AP
Bird’s sledging prowess and ability to set up camp inside the noggins of his rivals is legendary — and was again a topic of discussion to emerge from this year’s popular Michael Jordan: The Last Dance documentary.
NBA star opens up about racism struggles in Australia
Sky News contributor Michael Ware says sometimes athletes can have ‘a lot or a little’ impact on social causes after NBA star Patty Mills used his platform to speak about racism growing up in Australia.
Jordan says everything he learned about playing mindgames with his opponents he learned from Bird.
A Bird in the hand is worth two in the tomato bush.
Source: Read Full Article