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Larry Bird
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Personal information
Born December 7, 1956 (1956-12-07) (age 64)
West Baden Springs, Indiana
Nationality American
High school Springs Valley
(French Lick, Indiana)
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College Indiana State (1976–1979)
NBA Draft 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1979–1992
Coaching career 1997–2000
Career history
As player:
1979–1992 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1997–2000 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
  • NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986)
  • 12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
  • 9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1990)
  • 3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1982–1984)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team (1980)
  • 3× NBA 3-Point Shootout champion (1986–1988)
  • 2× 50–40–90 club (1987, 1988)
  • AP Athlete of the Year (1986)
  • No. 33 retired by Boston Celtics
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • National college player of the year (1979)
  • 2× Consensus first-team All-American (1978, 1979)
  • Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1977)
  • 2× MVC Player of the Year (1978, 1979)
  • No. 33 retired by Indiana State Sycamores

As coach:

  • NBA Coach of the Year (1998)
  • NBA All-Star Game head coach (1998)

As executive:

  • NBA Executive of the Year (2012)
Career NBA statistics
Points 21,791 (24.3 ppg)
Rebounds 8,974 (10.0 rpg)
Assists 5,695 (6.3 apg)

Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American retired NBA basketball player. He won three NBA championships in 1981, 1984, and 1986 with the Boston Celtics. He has also won the NBA MVP award three times, in 1984, 1985, and 1986 as a Celtic. He played college basketball at Indiana State University where he developed a rivalry and friendship with Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson when he faced him in the 1979 NCAA national championship game and three NBA championship series (1984, 1985 and 1987). He has been described as one of the greatest basketball players and greatest shooters of all time. Bird was nicknamed Larry Legend and The Hick from French Lick, after his hometown in Indiana. He was also called Kodak by his first NBA coach, Bill Fitch, because Bird could form pictures in his head of the plays on the basketball court. Finally, he was nicknamed The Great White Hope.

In 1992, Bird was a member of the United States men's national basketball team. The team was one of the most famous teams in US Olympic history, known as "The Dream Team." The team captured the gold medal after going undefeated.

In 1997, Bird became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He was also President of the Pacers (2000-2012, 2013-2017).

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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