• Bird joined magic johnson and michael jordan and other Nba stars to play for the united states basketball team in that year's olympics in barcelona
  • Bird is the only person in Nba history to be named rookie of the year
  • Bird led the pacers to a 58 24 record—the franchise's best as an Nba team at the time—in the 1997 98 season
  • Bird won Nba three point shooting contests in three consecutive years
  • Bird took a few seasons off before returning to the pacers in 2003 as president of basketball operations
  • Bird also appeared in one Game for the baseball team
  • Bird started at small forward and power forward for the Celtics for 13 seasons
  • Bird accepted the position of coach of the indiana pacers and said he would be on the job for no more than three years
  • Bird was also a member of the gold medal winning 1992 united states men's olympic basketball team known as the dream team
  • Bird accepted that offer and went on to become the Nba’s coach of the year in 1998
  • Bird played in at least 74 Games every other year until 1990 91
  • Bird is also remembered as one of the foremost clutch performers in the history of the Nba he was known for his excellent play in high stakes
  • Larry Bird has helped to define the way a generation of basketball fans has come to view and appreciate the Nba
  • Bird took the national basketball association Nba by storm as a rookie in 1979
  • Bird always played with and for the team and always shared his fame with his fellow players both on and off the court
  • Bird then led the pacers to consecutive central division titles in 1999 and 2000 and a berth in the 2000 Nba finals
  • Few players have left a mark on 1980s professional basketball like larry Bird
  • Bird won three consecutive regular season mvp awards as of 2016
  • Bird scored a career high and franchise record 60 points in a Game against the atlanta hawks
  • Bird became just the third player in Nba history to win three consecutive mvp awards
  • Bird was a 12 time Nba all star and received the Nba most valuable player award three consecutive times 1984 1986
  • The Celtics' Games at the boston garden their home stadium were sold out for years because fans wanted to watch Bird play
  • Bird faced johnson three times in the Nba finals and the lakers won twice
  • Bird was named mvp for the second consecutive season behind averages of 28
  • Larry Bird might be the most well known Celtics player of all time
  • Bird set the club single Game record for points with 60 on march 12
  • Bird was named to three all defensive second teams
  • Bird and johnson captured eight Nba championships during the 1980s
  • Bird missed four of the seven Games due to recurring back problems
  • Bird led the boston franchise to Nba championships in 1981
  • Bird was named rookie of the year and finished third in the most valuable player polls
  • Bird was the first player in Nba history to shoot 50% or better on field goals
  • Bird maintained his status as one of the premier players in the Game
  • Bird would have the final say on all basketball matters
  • Bird has been described as one of the greatest basketball players and greatest shooters of all time
  • Bird announced his retirement as an Nba player
  • Bird was widely considered one of red auerbach's favorite players
  • The franchise drafted Bird sixth overall in 1978 without having assurances that he would forego his final two seasons at indiana state
  • Bird became the most talked about college player in the country
  • The Celtics—hampered by devastating injuries—lost to a dominant lakers team which had won 65 Games during the season
  • Great players will be judged against the standards he has set but there will never be another larry Bird
  • Michael jordan and other Nba stars to play for the united states basketball team in that year's olympics in barcelona
  • Bird theorizes that the big men who played the hardest and ran the most are the most susceptible to passing away early
  • In 1986 87 Bird became the first Nba player to shoot 50 percent from the field and 90 percent from the free throw line in the same season
  • With Bird winning Nba rookie of the year
  • Played in every regular season Celtics Game
  • The team improved its win total by 32 Games from the year before he was drafted and finished first in the eastern conference
  • The '86 Celtics are commonly ranked as one of the greatest basketball teams of all time
  • The Celtics failed to reach the Nba finals for the first time in five years
  • He considered Bird to be the greatest basketball player of all time
  • He played out his final season at indiana state and led the sycamores to the ncaa title Game
  • Winning in six Games and earning Bird his first championship
  • He made the Nba all star team his first year
  • He was named Nba executive of the year for the 2012 season
  • That was enough time for Bird to string together one of the most successful collegiate seasons ever before signing with the c’s in 1979
  • With Bird again finishing second in mvp voting to malone and the team losing in the conference semifinals to the milwaukee bucks
  • He was able to fill his basketball void by becoming an executive in the Nba for the majority of the next 20 years
  • Pass and shoot the way Bird could made him one of the greatest Nba players we've ever seen and will ever see
  • He donned green and white for all 13 of his Nba seasons and became one of the greatest professional basketball players of all time
  • He was named Nba coach of the year for the 1997 1998 season and later led the pacers to a berth in the 2000 Nba finals
  • He played his last Game of basketball as a member of the u
  • He was named the Nba coach of the year for his efforts
  • Boston became Bird’s home away from home for the next 13 years
  • 100 Games for the Celtics it sounds like a lot of Games but i probably played that many in my backyard before i ever got here
  • Legend has it that Bird would use every minute of his down time
  • The 1981 world championship was the first of three that Bird would win during his illustrious career
  • Ability to raise the level of his teammates' play and timing came along at a time the Nba was a dying league
  • But the Celtics retained his rights for one year
  • After leading the Celtics to a 29 5 start to the 1990 91 season
  • His first year on the team
  • He had to sit out 37 regular season Games and most of the playoffs last season
  • The Celtics lost only one Game through the first three rounds en route to a match up against the rockets in the finals
  • Those who had predicted that Bird could never turn boston around had to take back their statements
  • The Game achieved the highest ever television rating for a college basketball Game
  • Following Bird’s successful 2011 12 season with the pacers
  • But felt that he could help the basketball team
  • The Celtics ended up losing to the lakers in six Games
  • In his final three seasons with the Celtics
  • The performance came just nine days after kevin mchale set the previous Celtics record for points in a Game with 56
  • He was selected to the all star team and named rookie of the year
  • The Celtics faced the 76ers for the third consecutive year
  • Came to the Nba the same year as guard magic johnson and nothing revived the league more than their coinciding emergence as stars and role models
  • But the Bird family always struggled to make ends meet
  • The 1987 1988 season was the highest scoring season of Bird's career
  • 3 assists in 897 Games could not possibly tell the story of Bird's major contributions
  • The three time mvp helped redefine the position and his battles with magic johnson and the los angeles lakers is the standard for Nba rivalry even today
  • Tuesday announced his retirement because of a back injury after 13 years with the boston Celtics
  • His time leading the boston Celtics was one of the most spectacular stretches of basketball you could imagine
  • The Celtics made their last finals appearance of Bird's career
  • But his back problems continued and he missed 37 Games during the 1991 92 season
  • Who was going to make the last shot that's the greatest Game i've ever played in or seen played
  • Boston came back to win the Game
  • Boston fell behind 3 1 to start the series but won the next three Games to advance to the finals against the houston rockets
  • And pushed the chicago bulls to seven Games in the eastern conference finals
  • 25 million contract with the team making him the highest paid rookie in league history at the time
  • And led the team to a first place finish in its league
  • Scoring 20 points in that quarter and lifting the Celtics to a series clinching victory over atlanta
  • After five seasons in that role
  • Was an 11 time all star whose last two seasons were plagued by back problems
  • Winning in five Games in the conference finals to advance to the finals against the los angeles lakers
  • Becoming the first person to ever win an Nba mvp award
  • Winning three Nba championships and two Nba finals mvp awards
  • He had the option of playing professional basketball right away
  • 5 apg and helped boston win its first Nba championship since 1976
  • Losing to the pistons in six Games during the eastern conference finals
  • This sum was a record for a rookie first year player in any sport
  • He earned his first all defensive team selection
  • The risk paid off walton's acquisition helped boston win a league best 67 Games
  • During the final years of his career
  • Leading boston to victory in six Games
  • He led the pacers to the playoffs in all three of his seasons as a head coach
  • And it went down to the last shot of the Game
  • This time losing in six Games
  • When he was allowed to play in the 1976 77 season
  • Following through on his initial promise to coach for only three years
  • It was the first time in the united states' olympic history that the country sent professional basketball players to compete
  • Nobody played the Game better and he played with a heart five times as big
  • He had a successful three year career with the sycamores
  • He struggled with debilitating back problems during the latter part of his career and those issues were the main reason why he announced his retirement on aug
  • Dominating the league almost without a break throughout his career
  • But within two months he had dropped out of that college as well
  • But most of us big guys don't seem to last too long
  • Making him the highest paid rookie in league history at the time
  • I know there are a few of us who live a long time



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