Bird, Larry


Bird, Larry

▪ American athlete
in full  Larry Joe Bird 
born Dec. 7, 1956, West Baden, Ind., U.S.

      American basketball player who led the Boston Celtics to three National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (1981, 1984, and 1986) and is considered one of the greatest pure shooters of all time.

      Bird was raised in French Lick, Ind., and attended Indiana State University, where he helped revive the basketball program and led the team to a 33–1 record in his senior season. That season ended with a loss to Michigan State University in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) championship game (1979), which was the first meeting of Bird and Magic Johnson (Johnson, Magic), a rivalry that would become the centrepiece of the NBA's popularization during the 1980s. Bird was drafted by the Boston Celtics after his junior year at Indiana State (1978) but did not play professionally until the 1979–80 season, when he won the Rookie of the Year award after contributing to one of the largest single-season turnarounds in NBA history (a 32-win improvement).

      Over the course of his 13 seasons with the Celtics, the self-described “hick from French Lick” cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players in NBA history. A 6-foot 9-inch (2.06-metres) forward, he was known for his unflappable confidence and clutch shooting ability, which together created an intimidating presence on the court. The Celtics won their first NBA title with Bird (and 14th overall) in 1981; they repeated with title wins in 1984 and 1986. Bird was a 12-time All Star and won three consecutive league Most Valuable Player awards (1984–86), the first noncentre to do so. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

      Bird retired in 1993 and moved to a front-office position with the Celtics. He became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers (despite having no previous coaching experience) in 1997 and was named Coach of the Year after his first season. Bird resigned in 2000 and became the Pacers' president of basketball operations in 2003.

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