Larry Bird: 59 Years and Counting
Larry Legend scores 59 today. Years that is.
You may also know him as Larry Bird.
The “hick from French Lick (Indiana),” with the help from his forever-linked basketball rival Magic Johnson, transformed the sport back in the 1980s. He’s a Hall-of-Famer, a 3-time NBA champion, won two NBA Finals MVP awards, three straight NBA MVPs from 1984 to 1986, he was a 12-time All-Star and is Boston Celtic royalty. After retiring in 1992, he has since coached the Indiana Pacers and is now the team’s President of Basketball Operations. Bird is also the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
Sir and Sport could flood your day with highlights from #33, but instead we’re going to share two instances that have somehow remained indelible and synonymous with Bird in our minds. Oddly enough, neither of the following actually “counted” as far as championship banners or were critical in the stat sheets or record books. Nonetheless, they speak volumes about his skills and his personality on the hardwood.
You’re not beating Bird in a game of H-O-R-S-E with that kind of arsenal.
Then there’s this All-Star weekend 3-point contest when Bird knew he’d won right after the last ball left his fingers. You’ve got to love the confidence when he raises his finger in victory before the ball splashes the net.
Here’s to many more, Larry. We could honor your game daily and still be in awe.