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 and two NBA Finals MVP awards.
Due to chronic back problems, he retired as a player in 1992. He was a member of the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. 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, and he held that position until 2012. 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.
Early life 
Larry Bird was born in West Baden, Indiana, the son of Georgia (née Kerns) and Claude Joseph "Joe" Bird. He grew up in both West Baden and the adjacent town French Lick, which earned him the nickname "the Hick from French Lick" in his professional basketball career. Bird recalled how his mother would make do on the family's meager earnings: "If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don't mean she wouldn't pay the bank, but the children always came first." According to Bird, his being poor as a child "motivates me to this day". He sometimes was sent to live with his grandmother due to the family's struggles. The Bird family's struggle with poverty was compounded by the alcoholism and personal difficulties of Joe Bird, who likely suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in the Korean War. Joe Bird committed suicide on February 3, 1975, when Larry was 18 years old.
Bird started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader. Bird's high school coach, Jim Jones, was a key factor to Bird's success. "Jonesie", as Bird called him, would come help Bird and his friends practice any day of the week. Bird would often go to the gym early, shoot between classes, and stay late into the evening.
Collegiate career 
Bird received a scholarship to play college basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana University Hoosiers in 1974. However, he was overwhelmed by the size of the campus and number of students and was not mentally ready for this stage of life; according to Bird, "it didn't take long to realize that I was out of my cocoon." Bird was also treated poorly by an established IU star, Kent Benson; as Bird recalled, the other upperclassmen of the team treated him well. When both men were later NBA players, Bird often went out of his way to embarrass Benson, usually feeding Kevin McHale on the low post. He dropped out of Indiana after 24 days, disappointing his mother. Bird returned home to French Lick where he enrolled in the nearby Northwood Institute before dropping out and getting a job with the Street Department (the department picked up garbage, repaired roads, removed snow, mowed lawns, etc.) for a year. He played AAU basketball for Hancock Construction and, after that year, decided to enroll at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, where he was coached by Bob King. Bird married his high school girlfriend Janet Condra in November 1975, but divorced her 11 months later before enrolling at Indiana State. The couple did have a daughter, Corrie, who would go on to enroll at Indiana State herself. She played women's basketball and majored in early childhood education.
King suffered a stroke prior to the 1978–79 season and assistant Bill Hodges, who had persuaded Bird to return to college basketball, was promoted to head coach. Before Bird, the Sycamores had never been to the Division I NCAA tournament; he led the team to the NCAA championship game in 1979, his senior season, only to lose to the Michigan State Spartans, who were led by his future NBA rival, Earvin "Magic" Johnson. The Sycamores finished the season 33–1. That year, Bird won the USBWA College Player of the Year, Naismith and Wooden Awards, given to the year's top male college basketball player. After his three seasons at Indiana State, he left as the fifth-highest scorer in NCAA history. Bird finished his collegiate career with an average of 30.3 points per game. In 2007, he was voted as one of the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball 50 greatest players.
NCAA career statistics 
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
1979–1981: Immediate impact 
The Boston Celtics selected the 6'9", 220-pound Bird 6th overall in the 1978 NBA Draft, even though they were uncertain whether he would enter the NBA or remain at Indiana State to play his senior season. Bird ultimately decided to play his final college season, but the Celtics retained their exclusive right to sign him until the 1979 NBA Draft, because of the NBA's "junior eligible" rule (allowing a collegiate player to be drafted when the player's original "entering" class was graduating and giving them one calendar year to sign them, even if they went back to college). Shortly before that deadline, and after bitter contract negotiations, Bird agreed to sign with the Celtics, inking a five-year $3.25 million contract which made him, at the time, the highest-paid rookie in the history of the NBA. Shortly afterwards, the NBA draft eligibility rules were changed to prevent teams from drafting players before they were ready to sign. The rule is called the Bird Collegiate Rule.
Bird's impact on the Celtics was immediate. The Celtics were 29–53 during the 1978–79 season, but with Bird the team improved to 61–21 in the 1979–80 season, posting the league's best regular season record. Bird's collegiate rival, Magic Johnson, also had entered the NBA in 1979, joining the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1980, despite a strong rookie season from Johnson, Bird was named the league's Rookie of the Year and was voted onto the Eastern Conference All-Star team (an honor he would receive for each of his 12 full seasons in the NBA). For the 1980 season, Bird led the Celtics in scoring (21.3 points/game), rebounding (10.4 rebounds/game), steals (143), and minutes played (2,955) and was second in assists (4.5 assists/game) and three-pointers (58). Though Boston was beaten by the more athletic Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals that year, Bird's addition to the team had renewed the promise of Celtic glory.
Following Bird's first season, the Celtics acquired center Robert Parish and the third pick in the 1980 NBA Draft via a trade with the Golden State Warriors (in exchange for the first and 13th picks in the draft). After the Warriors took Joe Barry Carroll with the first pick and the Utah Jazz chose Darrell Griffith second, the Celtics selected University of Minnesota power forward Kevin McHale. With Bird at small forward, the additions of Parish and McHale gave Boston one of the most formidable frontcourts in the history of the NBA. The three would anchor the Celtics throughout Bird's career.
In his second season, Bird led the Celtics into the playoffs, where they faced off for a second consecutive year with Julius Erving's Philadelphia 76ers. Bird helped the Celtics overcome a 3–1 deficit by winning the last three games by two, two, and one point margins, propelling them into the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Houston Rockets in six games with Bird averaging 15.3 points on .419 shooting, 15.3 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game. It would be the first of three championships in Bird's career, as well as the first of his five Finals appearances.
1982–1987: MVPs, championships and the rivalry with Magic Johnson 
The additions of Bird and Magic Johnson rejuvenated the NBA, which had suffered from low attendance and minimal television interest through much of the 1970s. Immediately upon their entry into the league, the two players became repeating presences in the NBA Finals. Johnson's Lakers won the championship in 1980, Bird's Celtics captured the NBA title in 1981, and Johnson's Lakers wrested it back in 1982. Bird and Johnson first dueled in the 1979 NCAA title game; as professional basketball players, they would face off numerous times during the 1980s, including the NBA Finals of 1984, 1985 and 1987. Lakers versus Celtics, and specifically Bird versus Magic, quickly became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of basketball.
In 1984, the Celtics defeated the Lakers in a seven-game Finals, winning game seven 111–102. Bird averaged 27.4 points on .484 shooting and 14 rebounds a game during the series, earning the award of Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). Bird was also named the league regular season MVP for that year. In 1985, however, the Lakers avenged the loss, defeating the Celtics in game 6 of the Finals in the Boston Garden. In a losing effort against Los Angeles, Bird averaged 23.8 points on .449 shooting, 8.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. That year, the NBA again named Bird the league MVP.
On March 12, 1985, in a game played between the Celtics and Atlanta Hawks at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, Bird scored a career high 60 points in a tremendous shooting display. Bird scored all 19 of his points in the third quarter without the aid of a free throw; instead, he scored on jump shots from 20 feet and out. Bird scored Boston's last sixteen points in the game. In the fourth quarter, he made a fadeaway three-point shot while being fouled. He was not given continuation and the basket was not allowed (instead it was ruled a non-shooting foul and he received two free throws). Bird's 59th and 60th points were scored on a 17-foot jump shot at the buzzer. For the game, Bird officially shot 22 of 36 from the field, 1 of 4 from three-point range, and 15 of 16 from the free throw line.
Boston would have another great season the next year, with help from another Hall of Famer, Bill Walton. Walton, whose up and down career had been plagued by foot injuries, was looking for a team, and after having been turned down by the Lakers called Celtics president and general manager Red Auerbach in a last-ditch effort to close out his career on an upswing. Because of Walton's reputation for being injury prone, Auerbach was initially unwilling to take a risk on him, but Bird, who happened to be in Auerbach's office at the time of Walton's call, urged him to sign Walton, saying that if Walton felt he was healthy enough to play, it was all Bird needed to hear.
With Walton backing up Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics would return to the finals in 1986, albeit not against Johnson and the Lakers, who lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Houston Rockets. The 1986 Celtic team, which finished the regular season 67–15 and defeated the Rockets in six games, is generally considered to be the best of Bird's career. Bird again was named the Finals' MVP for that year, averaging 24 points on .482 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game for the series. He also won his third consecutive league MVP award, a feat matched only by the great Celtic center Bill Russell and the dominant Wilt Chamberlain, who played for Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
In 1987, the Celtics made their last Finals appearance of Bird's career, fighting through difficult series against the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons but as they reached the NBA Finals, the Celtics, hampered by devastating injuries, lost to a dominant Lakers team which had won 65 games during the season. The Celtics ended up losing to the Lakers in six games, with Bird averaging 24.2 points on .445 shooting, 10 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in the championship series. The Celtics would fall short in 1988 losing to the Detroit Pistons in 6 games in the Eastern Conference Finals as the Pistons made up from the heartbreak the previous season. Between them, Bird and Johnson captured eight NBA championships during the 1980s, with Magic getting five and Bird three. During the 1980s, either Boston or Los Angeles appeared in every NBA Finals.
Throughout the 1980s, contests between the Celtics and the Lakers—both during the regular season and in the Finals—attracted enormous television audiences. The first regular season game between the Celtics and the Lakers in the 1987–88 season proved to be a classic with Magic Johnson banking in an off balance shot from near the three-point line at the buzzer for a 115–114 Lakers win at Boston Garden. The historical rift between the teams, which faced each other several times in championship series of the 1960s, fueled fan interest in the rivalry. Not since Bill Russell squared off against Wilt Chamberlain had professional basketball enjoyed such a marquee matchup. The apparent contrast between the two players and their respective teams seemed scripted for television: Bird, the introverted small-town hero with the blue-collar work ethic, fit perfectly with the throwback, hard-nosed style of the Celtics, while the stylish, gregarious Johnson ran the Lakers' fast-paced Showtime offense amidst the bright lights and celebrities of Los Angeles. A 1980s Converse commercial for its "Weapon" line of basketball shoes (endorsed by both Bird and Johnson) reflected the perceived dichotomy between the two players. In the commercial, Bird is practicing alone on a rural basketball court when Johnson pulls up in a sleek limousine and challenges him to a one-on-one match.
Despite the intensity of their rivalry, Bird and Johnson became friends off the court. Their friendship blossomed when the two players worked together to film the Converse commercial, which depicted them as archenemies. Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony on February 4, 1993 and emotionally described Bird as a "friend forever".
1988–1992: Waning years 
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In 1988, Bird had the best statistical season of his career, but the Celtics failed to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in five years, losing to the Pistons in six games during the Eastern Conference Finals. Bird started the 1988–89 season, but ended his season after six games to have bone spurs surgically removed from both of his heels. He returned to the Celtics in 1989, but debilitating back problems and an aging Celtic roster prevented him from regaining his mid-1980s form. Nonetheless, through the final years of his career, Bird maintained his status as one of the premier players in the game. He averaged over 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists a game in his last three seasons with the Celtics, and shot better than 45% from the field in each. Bird led the Celtics to playoff appearances in each of those three seasons.
Bird's body, however, continued to break down. He had been bothered by back problems for years, and his back became progressively worse. After leading the Celtics to a 29–5 start to the 1990–91 season, he missed 22 games due to a compressed nerve root in his back, a condition that would eventually lead to his retirement. He had off-season surgery to remove a disc from his back, but his back problems continued and he missed 37 games during the 1991–92 season. His past glory would be briefly rekindled, however, in a game that season in which he scored 49 points in a double-overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. During the 1992 Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bird missed four of the seven games in the series due to those recurring back problems.
In the summer of 1992, Bird joined Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and other NBA stars to play for the United States basketball team in that year's Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. It was the first time in America's Olympic history that the country sent professional basketball players to compete. The "Dream Team" won the men's basketball gold medal.
Following his Olympic experience, on August 18, 1992, Bird announced his retirement as an NBA player. He finished his career with averages of more than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting 49.6% from the field, 88.6% from the free throw line and 37.6% from three-point range. Following Bird's departure, the Celtics promptly retired his jersey number 33.
NBA career after retirement 
The Celtics employed Bird as a special assistant in the team's front office from 1992 until 1997. In 1997, Bird accepted the position of coach of the Indiana Pacers and said he would be on the job for no more than three years. Despite having no previous coaching experience, 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, and pushed the Bulls to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year for his efforts, becoming the only person in NBA history to have won both the MVP and Coach of the Year awards. He then led the Pacers to two consecutive Central Division titles in 1999 and 2000, and a berth in the NBA finals in 2000.
Bird resigned as Pacers coach shortly after the end of the 2000 season, following through on his initial promise to coach for only three years. In 2003, he returned as the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations, overseeing team personnel and coaching moves, as well as the team's draft selections. Bird promoted David Morway to general manager in 2008, but Bird still had the final say in basketball matters. After the 2011–2012 NBA season, Bird was named NBA Executive of the Year.
On June 27, 2012, a day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird and the Pacers announced that they would be parting ways later that summer. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his leaving. Donnie Walsh has been named to replace him.
Bird married Dinah Mattingly in 1989. He has four brothers, Mike, Mark, Jeff, and Eddie, and a sister, Linda. Eddie also played basketball at Indiana State from 1986 to 1990 and today is the city park superintendent at Terre Haute.
Head coaching record 
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|IND||1997–98||82||58||24||.707||2nd in Central||16||10||6||.625||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|IND||1998–99||50||33||17||.660||1st in Central||13||9||4||.692||Lost in Conf. Finals|
|IND||1999–00||82||56||26||.683||1st in Central||23||13||10||.565||Lost in NBA Finals|
Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.—Magic Johnson, as quoted at Bird's retirement party.
In 1999, Bird ranked No. 30 in ESPN's SportsCentury's 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th century.
For the 2008 NBA Finals, which featured a rematch of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, Bird appeared in a split-screen advertisement with Magic Johnson (as part of the "There Can Only Be One" campaign which had played throughout the 2008 NBA Playoffs but to that point only featured players from the two teams competing in a given series) discussing the meaning of rivalries.
Bird was widely considered one of Red Auerbach's favorite players. He considered Bird to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Auerbach was so enamored with the player that he drafted him out of Indiana State and waited a year before Bird was eligible to suit up for the Celtics. During his introductory press conference, after Auerbach's contentious negotiations with agent Bob Woolf, Bird announced he "would have played for free." This was after Woolf asked for the most lucrative contract in NBA history, to which Auerbach was quick to point out that Bird had not played a game in the NBA yet.
Bird is the only person to be named an MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year in the NBA.
Player profile 
Bird, a versatile wing man who played the power forward and small forward positions, is considered one of the greatest players of all time, to which his twelve All-Star team nominations are a testament. The sharpshooting Bird made his name stepping up his performance in critical situations, and is credited with a long list of dominating games, buzzer beaters and clutch defensive plays. He won two NBA Finals MVP and three regular-season MVP awards. He won them all in a row, a feat only shared by Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
Bird possessed an uncanny and unparalleled ability to anticipate and react to the strategies of his opponents. His talent for recognizing the moves of opponents and teammates prompted his first coach with the Celtics, Bill Fitch, to nickname him "Kodak", because he seemed to formulate mental pictures of every play that took place on the court.
Bird scored 24.3 points per game in his career on a high .496 field goal average, a stellar .886 free throw average (9th best all-time) and a 37.6 percentage on three-point shots. Bird was also a good rebounder (10.0 rebound career average) and an excellent playmaker (6.3 assist career average). His multidimensional game made him a consistent triple-double threat; Bird currently ranks fifth all-time in triple-doubles with 59, not including the 10 he recorded in the playoffs. Bird's lifetime player efficiency rating (PER) is 23.5, 18th all-time, a further testament to his all around game. Additionally, he is the only 20, 10, 5 player in NBA history (points, rebounds, assists per game) with a lifetime PRA rating (points + rebounds + assists per game) of 40.6, which is 8th all-time. Bird was the first player in NBA history to shoot 50% or better on field goals, 40% on three-pointers, and 90% on free-throws in a single NBA season while achieving the league minimum for makes in each category. Bird accomplished this feat twice and is second only to Steve Nash for seasons in the 50–40–90 Club.
Bird is also remembered as an excellent defender. While he was neither fast nor quick-footed, and could not always shut down an individual player one-on-one, he consistently displayed a knack for anticipating the moves of his opponent, allowing him to intercept passes and create turnovers. His 1,556 career steals ranks 27th all-time. Unspectacular but effective defensive moves, such as jumping into a passing lane to make a steal or allowing his man to step past and drive to the hoop, then blocking the opponent's shot from behind, were staples of Bird's defensive game. In recognition of his defensive abilities, Bird was named to three All-Defensive Second Teams.
Bird's humble roots were the source of his most frequently used moniker, "The Hick From French Lick". Other observers called him "The Great White Hope". He has also acquired the nickname "Larry Legend".
Bird's competitive nature often emerged in nearly constant trash-talking on the court. Some notable examples follow:
- During the three-point shooting contest on All-Star Weekend 1986, Bird entered the locker room, looked around without saying a word, then finally said, "I want all of you to know I am winning this thing. I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish up second." He won the shooting contest.
- During one game on Christmas Day against the Indiana Pacers, before the game Bird told Chuck Person that he had a Christmas present waiting for him. During the game, when Person was on the bench, Bird shot a three-pointer on the baseline right in front of Person. Immediately after releasing the ball, Bird said to Person, "Merry f*%#ing Christmas!", and then the shot went in. This was no doubt inspired by Person (nicknamed the "Rifleman") stating prior to the game that "The Rifleman is Coming, and He's Going Bird Hunting."
- Reggie Miller recalled his encounter with Larry Bird's legendary trash talking ability in his book I Love Being the Enemy. Reggie tried to disrupt Larry's concentration when he was shooting free throws late in a game. Larry glared at him, made the first free throw and said, "You got to be kidding me. Rook, I'm the best shooter in the league right now. In the league. Understand? And you're up here trying to say something?" Then Larry buried the second free throw.
- Late in a tied game against the Seattle SuperSonics, Bird told SuperSonics forward Xavier McDaniel, who was guarding him, “I’m going to get [the ball] right here and I am going to bury it in your face.” As McDaniel remembers it, he responded by saying, “I know, I’ll be waiting.” After a timeout, Bird made two baseline cuts, then posted in the exact spot he had indicated to McDaniel, paused, turned, and made it in his face. He finished up the sequence by telling McDaniel, “I didn’t mean to leave two seconds on the clock.”
- On November 9, 1984, Bird was ejected along with Julius Erving in the third quarter after an on court scuffle. At the point of both ejections, Bird had outscored Erving 42 to 6. During the game, Bird had continuously informed Erving of their tallies with every chance he got to score. Bird denies this stating that it was teammate "M.L. (Carr) talking trash from the bench" during that game. Eventually a shoving match ensued, then swings taken by both players, and finally a bench-clearing brawl.
NBA career statistics 
Regular season 
Career stats 
Regular season 
All-star games 
40 point games 
Regular season 
|1||60||Win 126-115||Atlanta Hawks||Neutral
(New Orleans, LA)
|March 12, 1985||43||22||36||1||4||15||16||7||3||0||0|
|2||53||Win 142-116||Indiana Pacers||Home||March 30, 1983||21||30||0||11||11|
|3||50||Lost 115-116||Dallas Mavericks||Away||March 10, 1986||40||18||33||4||7||10||11||11||5||1||0|
|4||50||Win 117-106||Atlanta Hawks||Home||November 10, 1989||39||19||25||1||1||11||12||13||7||0||0|
|5||49||Win 106-100||Washington Bullets||Home||January 27, 1988||43||20||30||0||4||9||9||8||6||4||0|
|6||49||Win 107-106||Phoenix Suns||Away||February 15, 1988||43||17||27||3||6||12||12||12||7||0||2|
|7||49 (2 OT)||Win 152-148||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||March 15, 1992||54||19||35||2||8||9||10||14||12||4||1|
|8||48||Win 128-127||Atlanta Hawks||Home||December 9, 1984||42||20||32||0||2||8||9||14||5||1||1|
|9||48||Win 128-127||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||January 27, 1985||45||17||28||2||5||12||12||10||7||3||1|
|10||48||Win 134-120||Houston Rockets||Home||March 17, 1985||43||17||32||0||2||14||15||15||7||2||0|
|11||47 (OT)||Lost 113-115||Milwaukee Bucks||Home||April 12, 1985||38||15||31||1||2||16||17||14||2||1||3|
|12||47||Win 132-124||Detroit Pistons||Home||November 27, 1985||39||17||31||0||0||13||13||12||2||2||0|
|13||47 (OT)||Win 120-119||Portland Trail Blazers||Away||February 14, 1986||49||21||34||3||3||2||3||14||11||1||2|
|14||47||Win 119-107||New York Knicks||Home||April 12, 1987||38||22||34||0||1||3||5||7||8||4||0|
|15||47 (2 OT)||Win 140-139||Washington Bullets||Away||November 7, 1987||53||19||29||1||2||8||10||8||7||2||0|
|16||46||Win 130-127||Orlando Magic||Away||March 16, 1990||44||19||33||1||3||7||8||8||10||1||0|
|17||45||Lost 134-135||Phoenix Suns||Away||February 13, 1980||19||3||4||4|
|18||45||Win 113-100||Indiana Pacers||Away||February 24, 1985||45||18||31||1||3||8||11||12||5||5||0|
|19||45||Win 135-126||Charlotte Hornets||Home||November 14, 1990||44||18||28||0||0||9||9||8||8||2||5|
|20||44||Lost 120-129||Houston Rockets||Away||February 9, 1988||44||17||27||1||2||9||10||15||3||2||2|
|21||44||Win 113-112||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||February 24, 1988||44||17||35||1||5||9||9||11||8||1||0|
|22||44||Win 126-119||Chicago Bulls||Home||April 21, 1988||40||19||29||0||0||6||6||10||3||1||1|
|23||43||Win 126-96||Cleveland Cavaliers||Neutral
|March 18, 1986||29||17||24||5||6||4||4||8||3||3||0|
|24||43||Win 122-116||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||February 25, 1987||46||17||30||1||4||8||9||10||8||2||1|
|25||43||Win 125-106||New Jersey Nets||Home||April 4, 1990||39||16||29||2||4||9||9||15||6||2||0|
|26||43||Win 148-140||Denver Nuggets||Home||December 5, 1990||44||14||26||3||6||12||13||8||13||2||2|
|27||42||Win 130-119||Philadelphia 76ers||Home||November 9, 1984||
|28||42||Win 112-108||Seattle SuperSonics||Home||March 20, 1987||46||15||28||2||5||10||10||12||5||3||3|
|29||42||Win 120-106||Indiana Pacers||Home||November 11, 1987||42||15||24||2||2||10||10||20||5||3||2|
|30||41||Win 118-115||Detroit Pistons||Home||March 2, 1980||17||4||3||3|
|31||41||Win 115-106||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||December 2, 1983||15||27||1||10||10||14|
|32||41 (OT)||Win 125-122||Atlanta Hawks||Away||January 18, 1986||40||15||27||2||4||9||11||7||6||3||2|
|33||41 (OT)||Win 111-106||Chicago Bulls||Away||March 27, 1987||46||17||29||1||1||6||6||7||7||3||1|
|34||41||Win 115-110||Golden State Warriors||Home||January 2, 1988||43||15||24||3||6||8||10||10||5||2||0|
|35||41||Win 117-108||New York Knicks||Home||January 6, 1988||44||17||30||3||3||4||4||6||5||3||0|
|36||41||Win 107-105||Philadelphia 76ers||Home||March 11, 1990||43||15||21||1||2||10||10||10||4||0||0|
|37||40||Win 134-124||Detroit Pistons||Neutral
|January 10, 1982||18||0||4||5|
|38||40||Win 114-99||Dallas Mavericks||Away||November 27, 1984||44||16||20||0||8||8||10||9||0||1|
|39||40||Lost 129-132||Denver Nuggets||Away||February 20, 1985||46||14||28||0||2||12||13||9||6||0||0|
|40||40||Win 122-117||New Jersey Nets||Home||March 30, 1986||46||15||28||3||7||7||8||7||7||1||0|
|41||40||Win 126-106||Atlanta Hawks||Home||January 23, 1987||39||14||24||3||7||9||10||12||5||2||1|
|42||40||Win 116-104||New Jersey Nets||Home||March 22, 1987||42||17||27||3||5||3||4||8||13||2||0|
|43||40||Lost 119-124||Denver Nuggets||Home||December 9, 1987||40||16||25||0||5||8||8||13||1||2||1|
|44||40||Win 124-104||Portland Trail Blazers||Away||February 19, 1988||40||18||27||1||2||3||4||13||5||2||0|
|45||40||Win 109-97||Seattle SuperSonics||Home||December 13, 1989||46||17||27||2||5||4||4||11||10||1||2|
|46||40||Win 113-109||Utah Jazz||Home||December 20, 1989||41||16||30||1||2||7||7||8||5||2||0|
|47||40||Win 139-118||Miami Heat||Home||April 12, 1990||40||14||23||2||5||10||10||6||9||1||0|
|1||43||Win 130-123||Detroit Pistons||Home||May 8, 1985||43||17||33||0||1||9||9||13||5||1||0|
|2||42||Win 121-114||Detroit Pistons||Home||April 30, 1985||40||14||26||0||1||14||15||10||6||0||1|
|3||42 (2 OT)||Win 138-137||Milwaukee Bucks||Away||May 10, 1987||56||13||23||3||5||13||15||7||8||0||2|
|4||40||Win 126-123||Cleveland Cavaliers||Home||April 18, 1985||43||14||25||1||2||11||12||7||3||3||2|
|5||40||Win 111-98||Milwaukee Bucks||Home||May 5, 1987||44||13||23||1||1||13||13||11||7||4||1|
Regular season 
|1||28||Win 120-118||Denver Nuggets||Away||February 15, 1981||13||2||2|
|2||25||Win 115-114||Detroit Pistons||Home||December 2, 1981||11||3||3|
|3||20 (OT)||Win 110-109||Philadelphia 76ers||Away||April 11, 1982||40||7||22||6||6||15||7|
|4||38||Win 103-101||Phoenix Suns||Away||February 26, 1983||14||25||9||9|
|5||13||Win 110-108||Cleveland Cavaliers||Home||December 14, 1983||6||11||1||0||0|
|6||48||Win 128-127||Portland Trail Blazers||Home||January 27, 1985||17||28||2||12||12|
|7||32||Win 131-130||Detroit Pistons||Home||January 29, 1985||11||23||1||9||9|
|8||47 (OT)||Win 120-119||Portland Trail Blazers||Away||February 14, 1986||49||21||34||3||3||2||3||14||11||1||2|
|9||27||Win 104-102||Seattle SuperSonics||Away||December 30, 1986||41||10||19||3||3||4||5||8||6||1||0|
|10||29||Win 104-102||Cleveland Cavaliers||Home||February 4, 1987||43||11||17||2||6||9||10||13||7||2||0|
|11||47 (2 OT)||Win 140-139||Washington Bullets||Away||November 7, 1987||53||19||29||1||2||8||10||8||7||2||0|
|12||39||Win 105-104||Dallas Mavericks||Away||February 12, 1988||40||16||25||2||4||5||6||10||6||3||0|
|13||27||Win 102-100||Chicago Bulls||Away||November 4, 1989||38||12||24||0||1||3||4||9||6||0||0|
|14||10||Win 96-94||Philadelphia 76ers||Home||November 14, 1989||35||5||11||0||0||0||0||6||8||1||1|
|15||27||Win 112-111||Los Angeles Clippers||Home||December 26, 1989||39||11||22||1||3||4||4||5||5||2||0|
|1||23||Win 91-90||Philadelphia 76ers||Home||May 3, 1981||8||6||7|
|2||34||Win 117-115||Cleveland Cavaliers||Away||April 25, 1985||42||11||17||0||1||12||14||14||7||1||0|
Career highs 
Regular season 
|Points, game||60||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Points, half (2nd)||37||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Points, quarter (3rd)||24||vs. Indiana Pacers||March 30, 1983|
|Points without a
free throw, quarter (3rd)
|19||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Consecutive points (end of game)||16||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Field goal percentage|
|Field goals made||22||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Field goals made||22||vs. New York Knicks||April 12, 1987|
|Field goals made, half (2nd)||15||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Field goals made, half (1st)||15||vs. Washington Bullets||January 27, 1988|
|Field goals made, quarter (3rd)||10||vs. Indiana Pacers||March 30, 1983|
|Field goals made, quarter (1st)||10||vs. Washington Bullets||January 27, 1988|
|Field goal attempts||36||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Field goal attempts||36||vs. Chicago Bulls||March 31, 1991|
|Field goal attempts, half (2nd)||23||Atlanta Hawks||March 12, 1985|
|Free throws made, none missed|
|Free throws made, one missed||16—17||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||April 12, 1985|
|Free throws made||16||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||April 12, 1985|
|Free throw attempts|
|Three-point field goals made||7||vs. Dallas Mavericks||April 3, 1988|
|Three-point field goals made||7||vs. Indiana Pacers||March 4, 1991|
|Three-point field goal attempts||10||three||times|
|Rebounds||21||at Philadelphia 76ers||November 1, 1980|
|Rebounds||21||at Los Angeles Lakers||February 11, 1981|
|Rebounds||21||at Denver Nuggets||December 29, 1981|
|Rebounds||21 (OT)||at Washington Bullets||March 16, 1982|
|Defensive rebounds||18||at Chicago Bulls||December 13, 1980|
|Defensive rebounds||18||vs. Indiana Pacers||November 20, 1991|
|Assists||17||at Golden State Warriors||February 16, 1984|
|Assists||16||vs. Cleveland Cavaliers||March 21, 1990|
|Steals||9||at Utah Jazz||February 18, 1985|
|Steals||8 (OT)||at New Jersey Nets||October 25, 1985|
|Steals||8||vs. New Jersey Nets||January 3, 1986|
|Turnovers||10||at New York Knicks||November 17, 1979|
|Points||43||vs. Detroit Pistons||May 8, 1985|
|Points, half (2nd)||30||vs. Detroit Pistons||April 30, 1985|
|Points, quarter (1st)||24||vs. Atlanta Hawks||May 11, 1988|
|Field goal percentage|
|Field goals made||17||vs. Detroit Pistons||May 8, 1985|
|Field goals made||16||vs. New York Knicks||May 2, 1984|
|Field goals made, quarter (1st)||10||vs. Atlanta Hawks||May 11, 1988|
|Field goal attempts||33||vs. Detroit Pistons||May 8, 1985|
|Free throws made, none missed||14—14||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||May 17, 1984|
|Free throws made, one missed||14—15||vs. Detroit Pistons||April 30, 1985|
|Free throws made||14||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||May 17, 1984|
|Free throws made||14||vs. Detroit Pistons||April 30, 1985|
|Free throws made, half (2nd)||12||vs. Detroit Pistons||April 30, 1985|
|Free throw attempts||15||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||May 15, 1984|
|Free throw attempts||15||vs. Los Angeles Lakers||May 31, 1984|
|Free throw attempts||15||at Los Angeles Lakers||June 3, 1984|
|Free throw attempts||15||vs. Detroit Pistons||April 30, 1985|
|Free throw attempts||15||at Milwaukee Bucks||May 10, 1987|
|Three-point field goals made||5||at Milwaukee Bucks||May 18, 1986|
|Three-point field goal attempts||6||vs. Milwaukee Bucks||May 15, 1986|
|Three-point field goal attempts||6||at Milwaukee Bucks||May 18, 1986|
|Rebounds||21||at Philadelphia 76ers||April 23, 1980|
|Rebounds||21||vs. Houston Rockets||May 5, 1981|
|Rebounds||21||vs. Houston Rockets||May 7, 1981|
|Rebounds||21 (OT)||at Los Angeles Lakers||June 6, 1984|
|Defensive rebounds||19||at Philadelphia 76ers||April 23, 1980|
|Assists||16||vs. New York Knicks||April 28, 1990|
|Assists, half||11||vs. New York Knicks||April 28, 1990|
|Steals||5||vs. Houston Rockets||May 7, 1981|
|Steals||5||at Houston Rockets||May 9, 1981|
|Steals||5||at New York Knicks||May 4, 1988|
|Steals||5||vs. Detroit Pistons||June 1, 1988|
|Turnovers||10||vs. Chicago Bulls||April 7, 1981|
|Minutes played||56 (2 OT)||at Milwaukee Bucks||May 10, 1987|
In popular culture 
- Bird has appeared in three movies, Blue Chips, released in 1994 by Paramount, the Warner Brothers film Space Jam with Michael Jordan and Bill Murray in 1996, and Celtic Pride with Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Stern, and Damon Wayans, which was also released in 1996.
- Bird's likeness has appeared in several video games. In One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird, Bird plays opposite Julius Erving in a game of one-on-one. A sequel, Jordan vs Bird: One on One, was a 1988 basketball video game. In 2011, Bird was featured on the cover of NBA 2K12, alongside Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan. Bird is also playable character in the revamped NBA Jam.
- The band Dispatch has a song called "Just Like Larry" about Larry Bird, who is their hometown hero from his days as a member of the Boston Celtics.
- In a phone commercial when Larry Bird tells Tweety Bird that they are not related, Tweety not only comments on them having the same last name but that they "look an awful lot alike".
- Larry Bird and Magic Johnson wrote a book together (with Jackie MacMullan) titled When The Game Was Ours.
- In a commercial during Super Bowl XLIV, Dwight Howard and LeBron James challenge each other at trick shots for a McDonald's lunch. After they finish, clapping is heard, then the camera pans to the crowd and Bird says "Great show, guys. Thanks for lunch." Howard and James share a confused look. Howard asks, "Who was that?" James replies, "I have no idea." This refers to a McDonald's commercial from 1991 in which Bird and Michael Jordan have a trick shot contest, in which the winner got the lunch and the loser had to watch the winner eat.
- In October 2005, a man in Oklahoma City, Eric James Torpy, was convicted of shooting with intent to kill and robbery. He asked that his sentence be changed from 30 years imprisonment to 33 so that it would match Bird's jersey number. His request was granted.
- Twitter's logo is named Larry in honor of Larry Bird.
- One of the lead characters in the television series The Neighbors is an alien named Larry Bird, played by Simon Templeman. All aliens on the show chose the names of popular athletes when they arrived on Earth.
See also 
- List of National Basketball Association career scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career turnovers leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff assists leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff turnovers leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff free throw scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with most points in a game
- List of National Basketball Association players with most steals in a game
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- List of National Basketball Association season minutes leaders
- Larry Bird summary NBA.com.
- Basketball Hall of Fame
- "Pacers' Bird named NBA's top exec". CNN Sports Illustrated. May 16, 2012.
- Remnick, David (May 27, 1984). "Just a Hick from French Lick". The Washington Post / Anchorage Daily News. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- Millan, Manny. "NBA Nicknames: Larry Bird". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- Deford, Frank (March 21, 1988). "Boston's Larry Bird, in what may be his finest season, gets Red Auerbach's vote—over Bill Russell—as the best ever". CNNSI.com. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals. HBO, 2010.
- Bird, Larry (1989), Drive: The Story of My Life. Doubleday, p. 28. ISBN 0-385-24921-7.
- Davis, Seth (March 4, 2009). "When March Went Mad". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Bird, Larry (1989), Drive: The Story of My Life. Doubleday, p. 35. ISBN 0-385-24921-7
- Simmons, Bill. "Welcome to the Vengance Scale". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- Bird, Larry (1989), Drive: The Story of My Life. Doubleday, pp. 39–40. ISBN 0-385-24921-7
- Bird, Larry (1989), Drive: The Story of My Life. Doubleday, p. 40. ISBN 0-385-24921-7
- "Missouri Valley Conference Recognizes MVC Men's Basketball 50 Greatest Players". The Valley. February 26, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2013.
- Larry Bird, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2010.
- "1978 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "1978 NBA DRAFT". TheDraftReview. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- (Flash Video) The Arrival of Larry Bird (Television production). YouTube. June 23, 2008. Event occurs at 1:36–1:52. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f43gQbtVEsk. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- May, Peter (2007) . The Big Three. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 57. ISBN 9781416552079. OCLC 86221987. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
- "1981 NBA Finals Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- Spears, Marc (June 16, 2010). "Celtics, Lakers feel electricity of Game 7". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- "1984 NBA Finals Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- "1983–84 NBA MVP Voting". basketballreference.com.
- "1985 NBA Finals Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- "1984–85 NBA MVP Voting". basketballreference.com.
- "1986 NBA Finals Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- "1985–86 NBA MVP Voting". basketballreference.com.
- "1987 NBA Finals Composite Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- Championship History – NBA Championship History
- NBA Finals history
- "Celtics-Lakers Box Score". basketballreference.com.
- "Indiana Pacers part ways with Larry Bird". CBS/AP. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- "NBA: Bird leaves Pacers as Walsh returns to replace him". The Times Of India. 28 June2012.
- "Classic NBA Quotes". NBA. Retrieved September 12, 2009.
- "CNN.com". Sports Illustrated. April 6, 1979. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "Career Leaders and Records for Player Efficiency Rating –". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "Career Leaders and Records for Steals –". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "NBA.com: Larry Bird Summary". Retrieved June 3, 2009.
- Reggie Miller; Gene Wojciechowski; Spike Lee (April 1, 1999). I Love Being the Enemy: A Season on the Court with the NBA's Best Shooter and Sharpest Tongue. Simon and Schuster. p. 150. ISBN 978-0-684-87039-7. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- "Happy 50th, Larry Legend". NBA. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- Winkel, Stew (March 17, 2010). "If Only Larry Bird Was Walking Through That Door". 4sportboston.com. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
- Bird, Larry (1989), Drive: The Story of My Life. Doubleday, p. 87. ISBN 0-385-24921-7
- Larry Bird – IMDB.com Profile
- Kotaku – NBA Jam Rosters Are Set
- "lyrics | Dispatch – Just Like Larry". SongMeanings. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "FULL VERSION: McDonald's Commercial with LeBron James and Dwight Howard". YouTube. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Felon gets longer sentence to match Bird jersey, published October 20, 2005
- Freeman, Eric (August 2011). "Twitter's Logo Is Named After Larry Bird". Yahoo!Sports. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
- "Simon Templeman as Larry Bird - The Neighbors Characters & Cast Bios - ABC.com". ABC. November 2012.
Further reading 
- MacCambridge, Michael, ed. (1999). ESPN SportsCentury [Larry Bird: Bird of Prey]. New York: Hyperion-ESPN Books. pp. 253–4.
- May, Peter (2007) . The Big Three. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781416552079. OCLC 86221987. Retrieved March 21, 2013.
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- Larry Bird at DatabaseBasketball.com
- Larry Bird at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Sportscentury's 30th greatest athlete of all time provided by ESPN.com
- NBA.com: Where Legends Are Born
- NBA History
- CNN/Sports Illustrated: A Player for the Ages
- 1979 Oscar Robertson Trophy USBWA College Player of the Year
- Videos of Larry Bird on mReplay.com
- Larry Bird Statistics
- Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame profile