In terms of notable steals in Boston Celtics, Gerald Henderson’s stolen pass in game two of the 1984 NBA Finals has to be ranked among the best.
Recently, the fine folks over at the popular Celtics blog “Red’s Army” did a post to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Larry Bird’s steal against the Detroit Pistons in game five of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals and writer John Karalis called it, “The greatest play in Celtics history”.
As you might figure, word got to GH about the comment and he decided to respond to Karalis in a video message to note that his play might have been better:
“Not too long ago, you called Larry Bird’s steal against the Pistons in ’87 the best play in Celtics history. Well, as you know, that’s not true,” said Henderson. “It was one of them. It was a fantastic play by The Legend, but you forget about my steal in Game 2 of the ’84 Finals. The Lakers were so stunned that Magic (Johnson) — Tragic Magic at the time — he ran out the final play, dribble, dribble, dribble.”
*Remember Tragic Johnson*
Gerald Henderson image courtesy of Getty Images