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Larry Bird

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Larry Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Since retiring as a player, he has been a mainstay in the Indiana Pacers organization, currently serving as team president.

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Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA’s most formidable front courts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale.

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A Larry Bird Monument.

Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named theleague’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) three consecutive times (1984–1986). He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships and twoNBA Finals MVP awards.

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He was a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic basketball team (“The Dream Team”) that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Bird was voted to theNBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team  in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame  in 1998 (and was inducted again 2010 as a member of the “Dream Team”).

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He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, holding the position until retiring in 2012.

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After a year away from the position, he announced he would return to the Pacers as president of basketball operations in 2013. In addition to being part of the 50–40–90 club, he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year

 

SportsCentury: Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century (Original series)

  • 1. Michael Jordan
  • 2. Babe Ruth
  • 3. Muhammad Ali
  • 4. Jim Brown
  • 5. Wayne Gretzky
  • 6. Jesse Owens
  • 7. Jim Thorpe
  • 8. Willie Mays
  • 9. Jack Nicklaus
  • 10. Babe Zaharias
  • 11. Joe Louis
  • 12. Carl Lewis
  • 13. Wilt Chamberlain
  • 14. Hank Aaron
  • 15. Jackie Robinson
  • 16. Ted Williams
  • 17. Magic Johnson
  • 18. Bill Russell
  • 19. Martina Navratilova
  • 20. Ty Cobb
  • 21. Gordie Howe
  • 22. Joe DiMaggio
  • 23. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • 24. Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 25. Joe Montana
  • 26. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • 27. Jerry Rice
  • 28. Red Grange
  • 29. Arnold Palmer
  • 30. Larry Bird
  • 31. Bobby Orr
  • 32. Johnny Unitas
  • 33. Mark Spitz
  • 34. Lou Gehrig
  • 35. Secretariat
  • 36. Oscar Robertson
  • 37. Mickey Mantle
  • 38. Ben Hogan
  • 39. Walter Payton
  • 40. Lawrence Taylor
  • 41. Wilma Rudolph
  • 42. Sandy Koufax
  • 43. Julius Erving
  • 44. Bobby Jones
  • 45. Bill Tilden
  • 46. Eric Heiden
  • 47. Edwin Moses
  • 48. Pete Sampras
  • 49. O. J. Simpson
  • 50. Chris Evert