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Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
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Profession: NBA Legend

United States of America

Biography: The only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

Born: December 7, 1956
Birthplace: West Baden, Indiana, USA
Age: 65 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1975-11-08 NBA legend Larry Bird (18) weds highschool sweetheart Janet Condra
  • 1976-10-31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married
  • 1989-09-30 NBA legend Larry Bird (32) weds long-time girlfriend Dinah Mattingly in Terre Haute, Indiana

Historical Events

  • 1979-03-26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball
  • 1979-10-12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird
  • 1980-05-29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year
  • 1982-01-31 32nd NBA All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: East beats West, 120-118; MVP - Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
  • 1985-03-12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points
  • 1987-01-15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions
  • 1987-09-09 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59
  • 1987-12-09 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws
  • 1989-12-19 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games
  • 1990-02-13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games
  • 1992-08-08 The original US 'Dream Team' wins the basketball gold at the Barcelona Olympics 117-85 over Croatia; features superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing
  • 1993-03-05 Boston Celtic Larry Bird undergoes backfusion surgery
  • 1998-01-18 Larry Bird returns to Boston as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for the first time, as former Celtics center Robert Parish is honoured by having his No. 00 raised to the Fleet Center rafters

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