Larry Bird is cited as one of the primary reasons for the resurgence of the NBA in the 1980s. His rivalry with Magic Johnson through his college and professional career was legendary. Fittingly, Bird's nickname is Larry Legend, though that may have also referred to Bird's ability to trash talk. Over 13 seasons, Bird won Rookie of the Year, 3 MVPs, 3 championships, 3 three-point shooting titles, made 12 all-star teams and 9 NBA First Teams. He was also 1998 NBA Coach of the Year and the 2012 NBA Executive of te Year, both while with the Indiana Pacers.
Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, coach, and team president. 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 frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Bird was a 12-time NBA All-Star and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times. He played his entire professional career for Boston, winning three NBA championships.
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