Larry Bird Celebrity LifeBorn on the 7th of December, 1956, Larry Joe Bird, primarily known as Larry Bird, is a former American Basketball Player. He was recruited in the NBA draft of 1978 by the Boston Celtics and played for them for 13 seasons. Larry Bird was born in West Baden Springs, Indiana, and has a sister and four brothers.
His mother used to work two jobs to support the family. Larry saw basketball as an escape from the troubles in his family and invigorated many in the process. While playing for Springs Valley High School, he averaged 21 rebounds and 31 points, making him the school's all-time leader in scores.
He then had a three-year-long successful career, shattering many records and setting many new ones. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1979.
When the Boston Celtics picked him in the NBA Draft of 1978, he didn't sign the contract initially. Instead, he played his last season at Indiana State for the Sycamores. After several negotiations, Bird bagged a $3.25 million contract and became the highest-paid rookie at that time.
With Bird, Boston Celtics were transcending numerous levels of success. On the 23rd of November, Bird made his first game scoring 30 points with 11 rebounds and three assists, But unfortunately, this was followed by several misfortunes for the Boston.
The 1987-1988 season proved to be the highest-scoring season for Bird, transforming his career like never before. He finished the Game 7 of the season with 34 points, and later his spurs were surgically removed from both his heels. Even though he made a return in 1989, he couldn't regain his former form, as he was aging and had several back problems.
By the 1990-1991 season, Bird was faced with several health concerns, which led to a disc removal from his back. On the 18th of August, 1992, Bird made announcements of his retirement.
Bird married Jannet Condra in 1975. Even though their marriage ended in less than a year, they have a daughter named Corrie. Later in 1989, Bird married Dinah Mattingly and adopted two children, Mariah and Conner. Larry Bird is also known for his appearance in three movies - Blue Chips, Space Jam, Celtic Pride. He has also appeared in numerous video games and is a playable character in the game, NBA Jam.
Bird also has a song named after him by the band Dispatch. Even Twitter's logo is named Larry in his honor. He co-wrote a book titled When The Game Was Ours with Magic Johnson. In the television series, The Neighbors, an alien was named after Larry Bird, which is played by Simon Templeman.
After retirement, he served as a coach for the Indian Pacers for three years and led them in the NBA Finals of 2000. During the term 1997-98, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year. He is the only player in NBA history to be titled Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, NBA Finals MVP, Executive of the Year, All-Star MVP, and Coach of the Year.
His career and life inspired many players and is still a motivation for many. He was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for three consecutive times. He was enlisted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and, in 2010, was listed again as a member of "The Dream Team."
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