Larry Byrd, a player of the American club "Boston Celtics", can be called a basketball legend. For 13 years of his career, the athlete has received many individual awards, being in the same team. He also established himself as a professional coach.
In 1956, on December 7, Larry Bird was born. A basketball player was born in the city of West-Baden Springs, in the United States, in a large family with a poor family. Heavy financial condition did not allow parents to properly provide all six kids. Therefore, my mother took Larry to her grandmother to be raised in the neighboring city of French Lick. Here he studied in high school and became addicted to basketball.
In 1974, Larry Bird enrolled in the Indian Institute in Bloomington, but within his walls was not even a month. Then he began to study at the University of Northwood and also did not receive a diploma. The athlete began to work in the department of roads and simultaneously engage in basketball. But in 1975 he again goes to the university in Terre-Hoth, who will successfully graduate in 1979.
Fast Track in the NBA
Studying at the Indiana State Institute in Terre-Hoth, Larry Bird joined the university BC "Sycamorz" under the auspices of coach Bob King. In the 1974/1975 season, the athlete competed with the national team at the National Student Association Championship and reached the final. Despite the defeat of "Sycamorza", Larry was voted the best player in the state of Indiana. Also he was awarded with such prizes: cups to them. Wooden and Robertson, Naismith and Rapp.
In 1978, general manager of the BC "Boston Celtics" Arnold Auerbach put an eye on an athlete named Larry Bird. The NBA team from Boston immediately offered a 22-year-old basketball player a collaboration. But Larry stayed one more year before graduation, so he decided to get a diploma, and then join the Celtics. So, in 1979, the athlete became a player in the Boston BC.
The first successes in the NBA
Larry Bird, whose height is 2 m 6 cm, and weight - 99 kg, in the "Celtic" proved to be an excellent defender and striker. He was well-oriented on the field, produced accurate and unexpected passes. His trick was three-point shots in the jump, which is almost impossible to block.
For appearances in the "Boston Celtics" team, Larry chose 33 for himself. In the first season (1979/1980), the athlete with his team won 61 of 82 matches. By the end of the year, Byrd was recognized not only as the best player in the team, but also as the best newcomer to the NBA. Fans of basketball nicknamed Larry "death blow" for his accurate hits in the ring because of the three-point line. In 1981 in the BC "Celtics" were included Robert Parish and Kevin McHale. So in the Boston team formed the legendary "big three". Thanks to basketball players with surnames Bird, Parish, McHale, "Celtics" won the victory in the final match with "Houston Rockets" in the NBA-1981 championship.
Sports career from 1984 to 1992
Then a couple of years, the Celtics team could not win the NBA title. But it all changed with the arrival of the new coach Kay Jones in 1984. The Boston team reached the final and defeated the BC "Los Angeles Lakers." During this season, Larry was awarded two prizes - as the most valuable player of the NBA and the most valuable player in the NBA Finals. And in 1986 there was an almost identical situation. The same individual prizes again earned Larry Bird. Team "Celtics" won the championship in the professional basketball league in the United States.
In 1987, the Boston team played in the finals, but could not win. But Byrd became a member of the club "50-40-90". To get to this group of players, you need to have more than 50% of hits in the ring, ≥ 40% from the three-point line and ≥ 90% from the penalty area. Subsequent years, right up to 2008, the "Celtics" team has never won the title of NBA champion. In the 1988/1989 season, Larry missed the playoffs, as he lay in the hospital after surgery on his heels. In the 1989/1990 season, the athlete underwent a process of recovery and could not perform at the proper level.
Departure from professional basketball after a big victory
At the age of 36, Larry Byrd was lucky enough to take part in the Olympic Games in Spain (in Barcelona). The international committee has formed the American national team from basketball players of NBA. The team included such well-known professional athletes as Chris Mullin and Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and Larry Bird. The US Olympic team was named Dream Team, which in English means "dream team".
After the Olympics, Larry Bird announced his retirement from professional sports. He decided to finish the 13-year career of a basketball player on a winning note. Larry admitted that he throws the sport under compulsion - he was tortured by constant pains in the back. He spent 897 matches, earned 21791 points, produced 5695 passes and 974 rebounds. In 1996, the name of Larry Byrd appeared in the register of the 50 greatest players in the history of the NBA, and in 1998 - in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Naismith.
Achievements in the position of manager
After leaving the Boston club "Celtics" Larry Bird for five years was her special assistant in the evaluation and selection of players. At the same time he was fond of golf and shooting in commercials and films.
In 1997, the former legendary basketball player returned to his homeland in Indiana, where he became a coach for the team "Pacers". He led this club for four years, during which he earned the title of the best coach (1997/1998). At the age of 47, Larry took over as president of Indiana Pacers for basketball operations. And in 56 years - was recognized as the best manager of the NBA. Having received this award, for a year he left the post of president, and in 2013 he again became the head of the team from his native state.