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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 December 1956West Baden, Indiana, USA
Birth NameLarry Joe Bird
Nicknames Larry Legend
The Hick from French Lick
The Great White Hope
Height 6' 9" (2.06 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Larry Bird graduated from Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana in 1974. He attended Indiana University briefly, then transferred to Indiana State University in Terre Haute. He then embarked on an outstanding basketball career, establishing himself as one of the best shooting forwards in the history of the game. The Boston Celtics made him their first round selection in 1978 (the sixth pick overall), but Bird had another year of eligibility left and decided to play one more year at ISU. He led the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA Title Game versus Michigan State that year, and his battle in that game with MSU's Magic Johnson touched off the best basketball rivalry of the 1980s. Bird joined the Celtics in the fall of 1979 and played with them his entire career. He led the Celtics to five NBA Finals appearances, winning championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986. Bird won three straight league MVPs (1984-86), two NBA Finals MVPs (1984, 86), NBA Rookie of the Year (1980), and was selected as a first team NBA all star nine times. Back injuries forced him to retire in 1992, and his number 33 was promptly retired by the Celtics.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. in 1998.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bob George <webmaster@bobgeorge.com>

Spouse (2)

Dinah Mattingly (30 September 1989 - present) (2 children)
Janet Condra (8 November 1975 - 31 October 1976) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (27)

Inducted into to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Named Coach of the Year in the NBA 1997-1998 Season.
Considered one of, if not the, greatest basketball players of all time. Played for the Boston Celtics from 1979 - 1992 and became coach of the Indiana Pacers in 1997.
Is twice-married, and the father of 3 children.
All-NBA Second Team (1990). NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1982-1984). Twelve- time NBA All-Star (1980-1988, 1990-1992). NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982). Long Distance Shootout Winner (1986-1988). Led the NBA in free throw shooting (1984, 1986, 1990). NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996). Member of gold medal- winning U.S. Olympic Team (1992).
The Sporting News College Player of the Year (1979). Naismith Award winner (1979). John R. Wooden Award winner (1979). The Sporting News All-America First Team (1978, 1979). Holds 30 Indiana State records, including most points (2,850), steals (240) and rebounds (1,247).
The only non-center to win 3 consecutive NBA MVP awards. (2 June 1986)
Announces retirement. (18 August 1992)
Named NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Indiana Pacers to a 58-24 record, the best in franchise history. (12 May 1998)
Signed the then-largest rookie contract in NBA history - 5 years, $3,250,000 - with the Boston Celtics. (8 June 1979)
Ex-wife, Janet Condra, was his childhood sweetheart.
Indiana State University, BA (Physical Education) 1979
Children: Corrie Bird by ex-wife Janet Condra; adopted son Connor and daughter Mariah with wife Dinah.
After dropping out of Indiana University, he hitch-hiked back home to French Lick, worked for a year, and then enrolled at Indiana State University.
Drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 as a junior-eligible, but didn't join them until 1979. Led the Celtics to what was then the greatest single-season turnaround in NBA history (from 20 wins to 61) and to the conference finals in the 1979-1980 season.
Originally went to Indiana University on a basketball scholarship to play for the legendary Bobby Knight, but dropped out before his first season and never played for the Hoosiers.
Boston Celtics All-Time Turnovers Leader (2,816).
Boston Celtics All-Time Steals Leader (1,556).
Known for his shooting abilities, Bird had a career free throw shooting accuracy of 89% and a career three point shooting accuracy of 38%.
Led the Indiana State Sycamores to an undefeated season, and on to the national championship where they lost to Michigan State. Their star player was Magic Johnson.
On June 27, 2012, a day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird and the Pacers parted ways. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his leaving.
The logo for the twitter.com social website, Larry the Bird, is named after him.
Inducted into the ESPN Boston Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Red Auerbach, Bobby Orr, Bill Russell, and Ted Williams.
On June 27, 2012, a day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird and the Pacers parted ways. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his leaving. [June 2012]
The Indiana Pacers announced that Bird will become president of basketball operations. [July 2003]
Inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000.
Induced into the Indiana State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.

Personal Quotes (2)

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
(to his fellow competitors before the 1987 Three Point Competition) "All right, who's coming in second place today?"

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