Larry Bird Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of NBA Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird.

Personale

Data di nascita: dicembre 7, 1956
Luogo di nascita: West Baden, Indiana
    Nome di nascita: Larry Joe Bird
    Padre: Joe Bird
    Madre: Georgia (Kerns) Uccello
    Matrimoni: Dinah (Mattingly) Uccello, (1989-presente); Janet Condra (1975-1976, divorziato)
    Bambini: with Dinah Bird: Mariah (adopted in 1993) and Connor (adopted in 1991); with Janet Condra: Corrie, 1977
    Formazione scolastica: Attended Indiana University, 1974; Indiana State University, B.A., 1979

    Altri fatti

    Grew up in the formerly famed resort town of French Lick, Indiana.
    Soprannominato il “Hick from French Lick” e “Larry Legend.
    He stands 6’9″.
    Wore the number 33 on his basketball jersey in high school, college and with the Boston Celtics.
    Attended Indiana University for only 24 giorni.
    Three-time NBA champion with Boston Celtics – 1981, 1984, e 1986.
    Won three consecutive NBA MVP awards – 1984, 1985, e 1986.
    Two-time Finali NBA MVP – 1984 e 1986.
    He was the first person to win NBA MVP, NBA Coach of the Year and NBA Executive of the year.
    Twitter named its original bird logo after him, “Larry the Bird.

    Sequenza temporale

    1978 First round NBA draft pick by the Boston Celticsdoesn’t play until graduating from Indiana State in 1979.
    marzo 26, 1979 – The legendary basketball rivalry with Magic Johnson begins as their teams battle each other for the NCAA championship titolo.
    1979 – Winner of the USBWA college player of the year (Oscar Robertson Trophy), Naismith Award and Wooden Award.
    ottobre 12, 1979 – NBA debut with the Celtics.
    1980 – NBA Rookie of the Year.
    1981 – Wins first NBA title with the Boston Celtics.
    1985 – Bird’s rivalry with Johnson turns to friendship on the set of a Converse television commercial they film together in Indiana.
    1988-89 – Misses most of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on both of his heels.
    1989 – Bird’s memoir, Drive: The Story of My Life,” è pubblicato.
    1991 – Undergoes back surgery.
    1992 – Member of the gold medal winning olimpico pallacanestro “Squadra del cuore” con Michael Jordan and Johnson.
    agosto 18, 1992 – Announces his retirement from the NBA due to ongoing back problems stemming from a compressed nerve.
    1993 – Undergoes a second back surgery.
    febbraio 4, 1993 – The Boston Celtics retire his number 33 jersey in front of a sold out crowd at the Boston Garden.
    1997-2000 Head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
    Maggio 12, 1998 – Wins NBA Coach of the Year in his first season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
    ottobre 2, 1998 – Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
    2003 – Assumes the role of president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers.
    marzo 6, 2010 – HBO debuts the documentary, “Magic & Uccello: A Courtship of Rivals,” about his relationship with Johnson.
    aprile 11, 2012-Maggio 12, 2012 – Magic/Bird,” the Broadway show, runs in New York City.
    giugno 2012 – Resigns as the Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations.
    giugno 2013 – Returns to the Pacers as president of basketball operations.
    novembre 9, 2013 – The dedication of a bronze statue in Bird’s honor takes place at Indiana State University, his alma mater.
    Maggio 1, 2017 – Steps down as the Pacers president of basketball operations.
      ottobre 20, 2018 – It is announced that the Larry Bird Museum will be built in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.
      giugno 24, 2019 – Bird and Johnson share the NBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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