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Larry Bird

Bird in 2004
Indiana Pacers
Position President[1]
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1956-12-07) December 7, 1956 (age 60)
West Baden Springs, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Springs Valley
(French Lick, Indiana)
College Indiana State (1976–1979)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1979–1992
Position Small forward / Power forward
Number 33
Coaching career 1997–2000
Career history
As player:
1979–1992 Boston Celtics
As coach:
1997–2000 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986)
12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (1982)
9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988)
All-NBA Second Team (1990)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1982–1984)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)
3× NBA 3-Point Shootout champion (1986–1988)
2× 50–40–90 club (1987, 1988)
AP Athlete of the Year (1986)
No. 33 retired by Boston Celtics
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
National college player of the year (1979)
2× Consensus first-team All-American (1978, 1979)
Third-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1977)
2× MVC Player of the Year (1978, 1979)

As coach:

NBA Coach of the Year (1998)
NBA All-Star Game head coach (1998)

As executive:

NBA Executive of the Year (2012)

Career NBA statistics
Points 21,791 (24.3 ppg)
Rebounds 8,974 (10.0 rpg)
Assists 5,695 (6.3 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

I like being by myself.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Larry Bird
I wasn't real quick, and I wasn't real strong. Some guys will just take off and it's like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.
Larry Bird
Once you are labeled 'the best' you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around.
Larry Bird
The best players will play. That's the way it will always be.
I'm a loner.
While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.
Larry Bird
I get homesick.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got.
Larry Bird
The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me.
Larry Bird
As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me – red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game.
Larry Bird
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Larry Bird
When I was a kid, I never thought about anything. Never had to think about where I was going to school or what I was going to do. I just lived minute to minute.
Larry Bird
I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.
Larry Bird
When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters from the hotel, 'cause that was the best game. And these guys, they'd let me play. And they were black guys.
Larry Bird
I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.
What's better? Dogs or broomsticks? I mean will the world really ever know?
Larry Bird
It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer.
Larry Bird
I've been around a while. I kinda know these things.
I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
Larry Bird
The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson.
I really don't like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.
Larry Bird
Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
Larry Bird
But it is a black man's game, and it will be forever.
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.
Larry Bird
I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far. It made my skin tingle.
Larry Bird
It's been a journey, the NBA. It's taken me a lot farther than I ever expected.
Larry Bird