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Fast Facts

  • Left Indiana University and the Hoosiers basketball team a month into his freshman year after being homesick in a big city.
  • Nicknamed "The Hick from French Lick" and "Larry Legend."
  • Won three NBA championships (in 1981, '84 and '86) and was named NBA Finals MVP twice (1984 and '86).
  • Voted NBA MVP three seasons in a row, from 1984 to '86.
  • Retired after helping the United States Olympic team, dubbed the "Dream Team," win a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
  • Coached the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000, leading the Pacers to the 2000 NBA Finals.
  • Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
  • Named President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers in 2003.
  • In 2012, became the first person to win NBA MVP, NBA Coach of the Year, and NBA Executive of the Year.
  • Larry the Bird, Twitter's bird logo, is named after him.


  • Eddie Bird — Brother
  • Dinah Mattingly — Wife
  • Michael Bird — Brother
  • Linda — Sister
  • Claude Joseph Bird — Father
  • Georgia Bird — Mother
  • Mariah Bird — Daughter
  • Mark Bird — Brother
  • Connor Bird — Son
  • Jeff Bird — Brother
  • Janet Condra — Ex-wife
  • Corrie Bird — Daughter


  • Attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States; attended Northwood Institute, Orange County, Indiana, United States; Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, United States (BS in Physical Education, 1979)

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  • Birth Name: Larry Joe Bird
  • Birth Place: West Baden, Indiana, United States
  • Profession: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Basketball executive

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