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Jagr explains Bruins’ strategy: Make ‘Birdman’ beat you

Jun 8, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

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Before the 2013 Eastern Conference finals began, Milan Lucic made an entertaining comparison between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Miami Heat. It makes sense, then, that Jaromir Jagr used the NBA to explain how the Boston Bruins swept the Penguins, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Seth Rorabaugh reports.

“It’s like basketball. If you have a good player, you want to double team them. Look at other guys to beat them,” Jagr said. “If you’re going to play against LeBron James, you’re going to put two guys on him. Let ‘Birdman’ (Chris Andersen) beat you.”

If you even loosely follow the NBA, you probably have Shaq’s “Birdman” chant in your head right now. If not, check Pro Basketball Talk for the latest on the colorful role player (pictured in this post).

In case you’re wondering, Lucic told’s Matt Kalman that he’s not sure which NBA team the Bruins might be.

(One guess: maybe the Ben/Rasheed Wallace-era Detroit Pistons? It really is a tough call.)

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I’d say they compare to the current Spurs team. Atleast as much as you can compare basketball to hockey. The Bruins have underrated stars, like the Spurs, and they play defensively responsible and fundamental hockey.

    • itsallniceonice - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      And they’ve been there before.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      It’s funny, I would actually compare them to the Celtics of 2010. A team with Championship experience that plays great defense with a pretty good offense to go along with it. That Celtics team was older, but they both save their best games for post-season and seem to always prove people wrong.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    If you like hockey you can’t not like Jagr as a player.Plays like a beast and provides great soundbites. I hope he plays for another 40 years.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:21 AM

      He only played a year in Philly and he’s still one of the most highly regarded vets to play for them in my lifetime. Total class act. It was a huge mistake to not resign him. I even liked him when he played for the Pens and Rangers.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        I saw him play at the World Championships in 2010 and he was impressive, but it was astounding how seamlessly he readjusted to the NHL level after a few years away from it.

  3. howintensive - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Man, I’d hate to say it but the Wallace Pistons are most like the Blackhawks really. Solid production from everyone on the team, and really one of the best all-time teams.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:13 AM

      Take this season with a grain of salt. Minimum number of games to get to the cash-cow known as the playoffs. Hawks are pretty great but let’s wait on the ‘best all-time’ stuff.

  4. mz1394 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Lmao obviously you don’t follow basketball calling the Wallace pistons 1 of the best all time teams maybe 1 of the weakest to win it all but that teams not even top 20

  5. howintensive - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Those Pistons were a TEAM. Not a group of top-10 players.

  6. malcolmsbeard - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Hahahahahahahahahaha! Bye bye classy Pens fans. May your poor Concussion Captain recover in time to get way to much air time next year. @soft @choke nigh nigh

    • govtminion - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      Speaking of ‘class’…

  7. bobhpine - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Making fun of a serious head injury and THEN referencing class…

    Sometimes I find it hard to even loosely associate myself with the low level of human being that follows hockey.

    Ignorant and violent football fans sometime wish head injuries on players and I used to think, “at least hockey fans don’t do that.” I’ve seen too many people wish that Sidney Crosby end a vegetable to entertain the notion that so many hockey fans are the lowest of the low.

    Keep talking about class dude.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:41 AM

      Hockey fans know Sid is a once in a decade or so talent. Anyone who wants that kind of player to have his career cut short doesn’t have the IQ to glue a puck together.

      • malcolmsbeard - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        Aw don’t be butthurt boys. You have a full season to shine next year before choking in the playoffs again. Peace!

  8. fallen737 - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Crosby is not a once in a decade kind of talent. not when you have the likes of ovechkin, Kane, toews, stamkos, malkin, etc.

    • jl9830 - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      As much as I hate him, Crosby is way better than all of those players. Crosby is easily a once in a decade talent.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        And the next one will be McKinnon.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

      Stamkos is definitely a better pure goal scorer, and all those other guys are damn good players, but Crosby’s complete skill set is just plain better.

  9. titansbro - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Coincidentally, they’re probably closer to the recent Celtics teams, just a little younger. They play as a unit as well.

  10. sabatimus - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Screw basketball.

  11. spitfisher - Jun 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    NBA = the prison league ( with some exceptions)

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