Fact of Larry Bird:
|Full Name||Larry Bird|
|Date of birth||7th Dec 1965|
|Birthplace||West Baden, Springs Indiana|
|Profession||Coach, Basketball Player|
|Height||6′ 9″ (2.06 m)|
|Weight||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Marital Status||Divorced (Dinah Mattingly)|
|Education||Indiana State University, Springs Valley High School|
|Children||Connor, Corrie, Mariah|
|Net worth||$ 45million|
Short & sweet:
Larry Bird is a famous basketball player, head coach and front office executive who helped Celtics to win NBA titles three times as a player and also helped pacers to win many NBA matches as a coach
Early life and Education
Larry Bird was born on 7th December 1956 in West Baden Springs, Indiana His early life was in the nearby town of French Lick. He learned basketball there at his very early age. The name of his school was Springs Valley High School which was located in French Lick. He was one of the key basketball players of his school. He completed his graduation in 1976.
He got an athletic scholarship at Indiana University due to his playing skills on basketball. His coach at the university was Bob Knight. Although he was selected by the Boston Celtics, he returned back to Indiana for an additional one year. He received three awards while being in Indiana namely, Wooden Award, Naismith award and USBWA college player of the year award. In NCCA championship held on Indiana, he played from Sycamores against a team led by well-known NBA superstar, Ervin “Magic” Johnson. Both players who were playing against each other for the first time on NCCA championship succeeded and became famous later on.
He later joined Celtics where his remuneration was a record breaking amount of $650,000 a year. He played very well and scored an average of 21.3 points per game showing he deserved that salary. He bagged Rookie of the Year honors for the 1979-80 NBA season. His average point per game was 10.4 while leading Celtics. Bird’s first NBA championship was from Celtics by beating Houston Rockets. During that season, his team Celtics achieved a record of 61-21. The Celtics met Lakers almost on every NBA championship in the 1980s. It is believed that Bird used to anticipate the moves of opponents and respond accordingly in the game. He is supposed to be one of the most motivated players in the NBA. Larry Bird played 13 seasons from Celtics in which Celtics reached playoffs in every match. He missed few games in 1988-89 due to being injured. He achieved 20,000 points which was a milestone in his career and he was also known as the most valuable player of NBA in 1990. Bird along with other star players formed a team named as Dream Team and owned an Olympic gold medal for his country. He retired from games with an average of 24.6 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.
Retirement Life & Networth:
After retiring as a basketball player, Larry Bird started a new profession as a front-office assistant of Celtics. He worked as a front office special assistant for about five years. Later on, he returned to his home state and became a head coach. Although he was a fresher coach, his team Pacers got a 58-24record. He was awarded as the NBA Coach of Year in the 1997-98 season. He retired from a head coach in 2000 by helping Pacer to reach finals in NBA in that year. He later on again returned to Pacers as a president of basketball operations in 2003. He was named as NBA Executive of the year in 2011-12. Thus, he is the only one person to be awarded as NBA’s most valuable person, executive of the year and Coach of the year. Despite his departure from Pacers, he reclaimed team president in 2013. He is taken as one of the best basketball players in the world. He was named as one of the famous top athletes many times.He has estimated net worth is $ 45million.