How much is Larry Bird worth? $55 Million
How did Larry Bird earn his money and wealth?
Larry Bird is a professional basketball executive who used to coach as well as play basketball under the National Basketball Association (NBA) from the United States. He has served as the president of the Indian Pacers. He was born as Larry Joe Bird on December 7, 1956, in West Baden Springs, Indiana. He grew up nearby French Lick with his parents and five siblings. He had a tough childhood and hardships as they were poor. His parents divorced when he was in high school and his father committed suicide the next year. To escape his family turmoil, Bird began to play basketball in school. He studied in Springs Valley High School and became the school’s all-time scoring leader.
In 1974, Bird decided to join the Indiana University Hoosiers after he received a scholarship a scholarship to play college basketball. He dropped out of college in a less than a month as he found it tough to adjust coming from a small town to a large student population of Bloomingdale which he found overwhelming. He enrolled at Northwood Institute (now Northwood University) in French Lick and did municipal jobs for a year. In 1975 he enrolled at Indiana State University in Terre Haute. While attending college and playing outstanding basketball, he won several year-end awards and honors including the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
Bird began his professional career by joining the Boston Celtics when he was selected in 1978 NBA draft. At the time of joining the Celtics, Bird was the highest paid rookie with a 5-year and $3.25 million contract. He was a game changer for the Celtics with his outstanding play and made them title contenders. The same year he was named “Rookie of the Year” and was selected to the All-Star Team. He continued to play for the Celtics until 1992. After his retirement, he continued with the Celtics as a special assistant in the team’s front office for five years. Following which he joined the Indiana Pacers. Although he did not have any prior experience as a coach, Bird was able to spearhead a major winning streak for the Pacers. They set a 58-24 record (Their best as an NBA team at that time) during the season of 1997-98.
His efforts and accomplishments with the Pacers earned him a Coach of the Year award as well as MVP Award. He retired after coaching the Pacers for three years and joined back again in 2003. This time he became the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, overseeing coaching and team personnel moves along with the team’s draft selections. He was named “NBA Executive of the Year” for 2011-12 seasons. He is the only person to have won the NBA MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year in NBA history.
Bird published his autobiography in 1989 which he co-wrote it with Bob Ryan and titled it “Drive: The Story of my Life”. The book throws light on his life and career up to the 1989 season of the NBA.
What are some of the career highlights and awards of Larry Bird?
- 3 x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
- 2 x NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
- 3 x NBA Most Valuable Player (1984, 1986)
- 12 x NBA All-Star (1980-88, 1990-92)
- 2 x MVC Player of the Year (1978, 1979)
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