- Full Name: Larry Joe Bird
- Born:: 12/07/1956
- Birthplace: West Baden Springs, Indiana
- Occupation: Athlete
- Marital Status: Divorced
Larry Bird Net Worth History
Larry Bird has earned both fame and fortune through his unquestionably excellent basketball skills and knowledge. His current wealth has been accumulated, primarily, from his salary as a NBA player, coach and executive in a career that has spanned five decades. Although Bird has appeared in commercials he has not vigorously pursued that income stream.
About Larry Bird
The nickname says it all. In Boston, twenty three years after he put on the Celtics Green for the last time, Larry Bird is still known simply as Larry Legend. Boston specifically, and New England in general loves its sports and sports heroes. It takes more than raw talent to be appreciated in Beantown, however. An athlete needs to be tough and hardworking. Bird was the living definition of both.
Larry Bird came to Boston as a rookie for the 1979 – 1980 season. The Celtics had actually drafted him the year before but Larry had stayed in Indiana to play his senior year for Indiana State University. Bird’s presence on the Celtics improved their fortunes immediately. The Celtics had been one of the most successful franchises in all sports but in the years just prior to Bird’s arrival had fallen onto difficult times. In Bird’s rookie season the Celtics won 32 more regular season games than they had the previous year..The Celtics finished first in the Eastern Conference that season, but were eliminated by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA semi finals. Nonetheless,a legend had been born.
The following year the Celtics once again faced Philadelphia in the conference finals. This time, however, the Celtics won. In the finals they faced the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets and won the best of seven game tournament in six games. The Celtics faced the 76ers in the Eastern Conference finals for the third straight year. This time it was the Julius Erving and Mose Malone led Philadelphia team that emerged victorious. Philadelphia put talented teams on the court in those days and Erving and Malone were both significant NBA stars. The Celtics rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers; punctuated by Bird’s fierce competition with Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson has come to overshadow the rivalry and excellent basketball often seen between Boston and Philadelphia in those years..
Bird and Magic first faced each other in the finals of the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament. In that game Johnson’s Michigan State Spartan’s defeated the Bird led Indiana State Sycamores 76 – 64. Bird was named the Naismith College player of the year that season. In three seasons at Indiana State he averaged just over 30 points, 13 rebounds and just under 5 assists per game.
The Bird led Celtics made it to the league finals for four consecutive years from 1984 – 1987. They defeated the Lakers in 1983, then lost to them in 1985. In 1986 the Celtics and Bird won their third championship of the decade, once again defeating the Houston Rockets. 1987 was the last year Bird’s team would make it to the league finals. The Celtics were significantly below full strength because of injuries and the resulting Laker victory came as no real surprise.
Although Bird and Johnson were intense rivals on the court they appear to be genuine friends to this day. Ironically, it may have been their joint appearance in a commercial which emphasized their perceived rivalry that marked the beginning of their friendship.
Bird retired after the 1992 season and took a job in the Celtics’ front office. In 1997 he left to become coach of the Indiana Pacers a job he held for three years. He was named coach of the year for the 97 -98 season In 2008 Bird accepted a position as Pacer president in charge of basketball operations. In 2012 he was named NBA executive of the year..
Bird was MVP three times and finals MVP twice. He played in 12 All Star games. He was a first team league All Star 9 years. Bird was part of the 1992 United States Olympic basketball ‘dream team’ He was named one of the 50 greatest players of all time, and in 1998 was inducted into the basketball hall of fame.