|Larry Bird Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||December 7, 1956|
Larry Bird is a former American professional basketball player, a former coach, and former executive who served as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With his array of achievements and contributions both as an athlete and as a professional basketball player, Bird has been widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in history.
Larry Joe Bird
Larry Legend, The Hick from French Lick, Kodak, The Great White Hope
West Baden Springs, Indiana, United States
He attended Springs Valley High School and later went to Indiana University after receiving a scholarship to play college basketball. After a month, he dropped out of school and later enrolled at Northwood University. In 1975, he enrolled at Indiana State University.
Former Professional Basketball Player, Former Coach, Former Executive
- Father – Claude Joseph “Joe” Bird
- Mother – Georgia (née Kerns
- Siblings – Mike (Brother), Mark (Brother), Jeff (Brother), Linda (Sister)
He self-manages himself.
6 ft 9 in or 206 cm
100 kg or 220.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Larry Bird has dated –
- Janet Condra – Larry Bird was previously married to his high school sweetheart Janet Condra with whom he had a daughter named Corrie.
- Dinah Mattingly (1989-Present) – Larry Bird married his second wife Dinah Mattingly in 1989. The couple adopted 2 children – a son named Conner and a daughter named Mariah.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of English descent with some Irish heritage.
Salt and Pepper
- Small Lips
- Greek Nose
Larry Bird Facts
- His father was a veteran of the Korean War.
- He once used basketball as an escape from his family issues.
- For his college career, Bird averaged 30.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, leading the Sycamores to an 81-13 record during his tenure.
- He was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 6th overall pick in the 1978 draft. However, he did not sign with the Celtic immediately and instead played for his final season at Indiana State, leading the Sycamores to the NCAA title game.
- During the time he was being drafted by the Celtics, Red Auerbach and Bird’s agent went through some negotiations before he finally inked a 5-year contract worth $3.25 million, which made him the highest-paid rookie in league history at the time.
- In the 1979-1980 season, he was quick to transform the Celtics into a title contender. With Bird’s impressive performance, the team improved its win total by 32 games before he was drafted and finished first in the Eastern Conference.
- In his professional career debut, he recorded a total of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists in a 114-10 win against the Houston Rockets.
- On November 14, 1979, he recorded his first career triple-double having recorded 23 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 115-111 win against Detroit Pistons. On November 30, 1979, he also recorded his first 30-point scoring game after recording 30 points to go with 11 rebounds and 3 assists in a 118-103 win over the Indiana Pacers.
- In the 1983-84 season, he was named MVP of the season with averages of 24.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.
- In the summer of 1992, alongside Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and other NBA stars, he played for the United States basketball team in the Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain. It turned out to be the first time in the United States’ Olympic history that the country sent professional basketball players to compete.
- He was voted to the NBA’S 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
- In 1998, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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