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Larry Bird Biography

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

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