Historical Larry Bird Milestones
Known as one of the game's all-time greatest players, Larry Bird led the Boston Celtics to three NBA Championships throughout his 13-year professional basketball career. During his career Bird was known as one of the toughest, most clutch and versatile players in basketball and was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player three times. In addition to his formidable presence on the court, Larry Bird was known for a famous, intense rivalry that emerged in the 1979 NCAA Championship Game between himself and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson. After Johnson led his Michigan State Spartans past Bird's Indiana State Sycamores, the two would meet three more times at the NBA Finals during the 1980s for a match up that is known very simply as "the Rivalry." As a longtime rival and close friend, Magic Johnson described his opponent, "Of all the people I play against, the only one I truly fear is Larry Bird." Johnson served as a driving force throughout Bird's Hall of Fame NBA career that is decorated with accolades including two NBA Finals MVP awards, 12 All-Star selections, and the AP Athlete of the Year title. In addition to his success in the NBA, Bird was a contributing member of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, called "The Dream Team", which won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. Larry Bird's selflessness, competitive spirit, and ability to hit key shots led to an illustrious career that will be remember by basketball fans forever and resulted in an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
Collecting Larry Bird Memorabilia