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Game-by-game stat line for the player Player stats broken down into various categories; i. Only on regular season tables. Game Highs Click Season link for player's season game log Click value for box score or list of games Search Larry Bird's game log history. Playoffs Per 36 Minutes. Playoffs Per Poss. Similarity Scores Explanation Players with careers of similar quality and shape thru College underline indicates incomplete record. Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors. Game Logs Splits Career Other Bird Pages Game Finder Streak Finder Compare Larry Bird to other players More Larry Bird pages at Sports Reference College Basketball at Sports-Reference.

Full Site Menu Return to Top. Bird was so self-confident that he was known to waltz up to the opponents' bench before tipoff and predict a point performance for himself. He was such a deadly shooter that he sometimes practiced three-pointers with his eyes closed. Larry Joe Bird Born: Springs Valley French Lick, Ind. Indiana did not play ; Indiana State Drafted by: In the summer of , Larry injured his back shoveling crushed rock to create a driveway at his mother's house.

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At least partially as a result of this, he experienced back problems for the remainder of his career. Before the start of the —86 season , the Celtics made a daring trade for Bill Walton , an All-Star center with a history of injury. In , the Celtics made their last Finals appearance of Bird's career, fighting through difficult series against the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons but as they reached the NBA Finals, the Celtics, hampered by devastating injuries, lost to a dominant Lakers team which had won 65 games during the season.

The Celtics ended up losing to the Lakers in six games, with Bird averaging Throughout the s, contests between the Celtics and the Lakers—both during the regular season and in the Finals—attracted enormous television audiences. The first regular season game between the Celtics and the Lakers in the —88 season proved to be a classic with Magic Johnson banking in an off balance shot from near the three-point line at the buzzer for a — Lakers win at Boston Garden. Not since Bill Russell squared off against Wilt Chamberlain had professional basketball enjoyed such a marquee matchup.

The apparent contrast between the two players and their respective teams seemed scripted for television: Bird, the introverted small-town hero with the blue-collar work ethic, fit perfectly with the throwback, hard-nosed style of the Celtics, while the stylish, gregarious Johnson ran the Lakers' fast-paced Showtime offense amidst the bright lights and celebrities of Los Angeles.

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A s Converse commercial for its "Weapon" line of basketball shoes endorsed by both Bird and Johnson reflected the perceived dichotomy between the two players. In the commercial, Bird is practicing alone on a rural basketball court in reality the court was one Bird had had made on the property in French Lick that he had purchased for his mother , when Johnson pulls up in a sleek limousine and challenges him to a one-on-one match. Despite the intensity of their rivalry, Bird and Johnson became friends off the court. Their friendship blossomed when the two players worked together to film the Converse commercial, which depicted them as archenemies.

Johnson appeared at Bird's retirement ceremony on February 4, and emotionally described Bird as a "friend forever". In , Bird had the best statistical season of his career, but the Celtics failed to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in five years, losing to the Pistons in six games during the Eastern Conference Finals. Bird started the —89 season , but ended his season after six games to have bone spurs surgically removed from both of his heels.

He returned to the Celtics in , but debilitating back problems and an aging Celtic roster prevented him from regaining his mids form. Nonetheless, through the final years of his career, Bird maintained his status as one of the premier players in the game. Bird led the Celtics to playoff appearances in each of those three seasons.


Bird's body, however, continued to break down. He had been bothered by back problems for years, and his back became progressively worse.

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After leading the Celtics to a 29—5 start to the —91 season , he missed 22 games due to a compressed nerve root in his back, a condition that would eventually lead to his retirement. He had off-season surgery to remove a disc from his back, but his back problems continued and he missed 37 games during the —92 season. His past glory would be briefly rekindled, however, in a game that season in which he scored 49 points in a double-overtime victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

During the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers , Bird missed four of the seven games in the series due to those recurring back problems.

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The " Dream Team " won the men's basketball gold medal. He finished his career with averages of more than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting Following Bird's departure, the Celtics promptly retired his jersey number In , Bird published his autobiography, Drive: The book chronicles his life and career up to the NBA season. The Celtics employed Bird as a special assistant in the team's front office from until In , Bird accepted the position of coach of the Indiana Pacers and said he would be on the job for no more than three years.

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Despite having no previous coaching experience, Bird led the Pacers to a 58—24 record—the franchise's best as an NBA team at the time—in the —98 season , and pushed the Bulls to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals. Bird resigned as Pacers coach shortly after the end of the season, following through on his initial promise to coach for only three years.

In , he returned as the Pacers' president of basketball operations, overseeing team personnel and coaching moves, as well as the team's draft selections. Bird promoted David Morway to general manager in , but Bird still had the final say in basketball matters. On June 27, , a day before the NBA draft , Bird and the Pacers announced that they would be parting ways later that year.

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Bird said health issues were among the reasons for his leaving. On June 26, , almost exactly a year later, it was announced that Bird would be returning to the Pacers as president of basketball operations. On May 1, , Bird resigned as president of basketball operations, but stayed with the team in an advisory capacity.

Bird married Dinah Mattingly in They have two adopted children, Conner and Mariah. Bird also has a biological daughter, Corrie, from his first marriage to high school classmate Janet Condra. Eddie also played basketball at Indiana State from to and today is the city park superintendent at Terre Haute. Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird. In , Bird ranked No. For the NBA Finals , which featured a rematch of the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, Bird appeared in a split-screen advertisement with Magic Johnson as part of the "There Can Only Be One" campaign which had played throughout the NBA Playoffs but to that point only featured players from the two teams competing in a given series discussing the meaning of rivalries.

Bird was widely considered one of Red Auerbach's favorite players. He considered Bird to be the greatest basketball player of all time. During his introductory press conference, after Auerbach's contentious negotiations with agent Bob Woolf, Bird announced he "would have played for free". Bird, a wing who played the small forward and power forward positions, was nominated to twelve All-Star teams.

Bird possessed an uncanny and unparalleled ability to anticipate and react to the strategies of his opponents. His talent for recognizing the moves of opponents and teammates prompted his first coach with the Celtics, Bill Fitch , to nickname him " Kodak ", because he seemed to formulate mental pictures of every play that took place on the court. Bird had an average of His multidimensional game made him a consistent triple-double threat; Bird currently ranks seventh all-time in triple-doubles with 59, not including the 10 he recorded in the playoffs.

Bird's lifetime player efficiency rating PER is Bird accomplished this feat twice and is second only to Steve Nash for seasons in the 50—40—90 club. Bird is also remembered as an excellent defender. While he was neither fast nor quick-footed, and could not always shut down an individual player one-on-one, he consistently displayed a knack for anticipating the moves of his opponent, allowing him to intercept passes and create turnovers.