by Tyler Bryan, staff writer
Larry Bird was born December 7, 1956 and grew up in the small town of French Lick, Indiana. Bird grew up to be one the greatest NBA players of all time.
Larry enrolled to Indiana University and tsoon after he dropped out. Later he re-enrolled and became a star player on the team. He helped the team make it all the way to the championship game. They lost to his biggest rival Ervin ‘’Magic’’ Johnson from Michigan University.
In 1978, Larry was the 6th round pick for the Boston Celtics. Though, it was uncertain if Larry wanted to stay his senior year in Indiana or start his first year in the NBA. He decided to finish his college years in Indiana. After he graduated he finally signed his first contract for $3.25 million dollars for five years with the Celtics.
Bird was an immediate game changer for the Celtics. Larry went 29-53 in his first season with the Celtics. Magic, Larry’s college rival, also entered the NBA in 1979, and joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bird was elected rookie of the year 1980 and was voted to the Eastern Conference All-star team. This was a reward he earned for all of his 13 seasons in the NBA.
Larry became a very successful basketball player. Bird won 3 championships for the Celtics. He retired 1992 becoming the greatest shooter and passer in NBA history.