“A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works hard to develop them into skills, and uses those skills to accomplish his goals.”
Larry Bird was one of the greatest players in NBA History. Prior to joining the Boston Celtics, Larry led Indiana State to the NCAA Championship Game where the Sycamores were beaten by Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans.
Larry played Pro Basketball for 13 years and was a 12 time All-Star. Bird won three Most Valuable Player Awards and was a two-time Playoff MVP. Bird led the Celtics to three Championships (1981,1984,1986).
Larry averaged better than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He is the only player in NBA History who is a 20, 10 and 5 guy.
Bird was the Indiana Pacers Head Coach for three seasons and currently is their President.
I made the drive from Indianapolis to Terre Haute to watch many of Larry Bird’s games at Indiana State during bird’s junior and senior seasons. It did not take a genius to see how talented he was. I thought that he could become an NBA All-Star but I did not realize that he would become one of the all-time greats.
Statistics don’t do Larry Bird justice. Larry Bird saw everything on the court and had great anticipation. He had the ability to take it to another level in the clutch. Bird set a great example for his teammates by playing hard all the time. The image of him diving for loose balls still is vivid.
I admired him not only for being a great scorer but also for being a great passer. He was a team player who made everyone around him better. Larry and Magic Johnson came into the NBA in1979 when interest in the League was down. They were greatly responsible for the League’s renaissance.
They didn’t call him Larry Legend for nothing.