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A true Boston Celtics legend, Larry Bird joined the Celtics in 1979, after a stellar collegiate career with Indiana State University. Standing at 6’9, Bird made an immediate impact for the Celtics playing the forward position. During his rookie season, Bird averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. At season’s end, Bird received the NBA’s Rookie of The Year Award and was selected to the NBA’s All-Star team. Bird’s outstanding rookie season would prove to be an indication of what he’d become. Bird would go on to win the NBA’s MVP Award in 3 straight years (1984-1986). Also in 1986, Bird was named the Associated Press Athlete of The Year. Bird’s individual success also fueled the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1980s, as the Celtics won the NBA Championship in 1981, 1984 and 1986. In the Celtic’s 1984 and 1986 championship victories, Bird was named the NBA Finals MVP. The 1992 Summer Olympics marked the first time that the Americans sent professional basketball players to the Olympics. Joined by the likes of Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, Bird helped team USA capture a Gold Medal. Following the 1992 Olympics, Bird announced his retirement as a player and took a job as a special assistant in the Celtic’s front office. He would hold this position until 1997, when he returned to his home state of Indiana to become head coach of the Indiana Pacers. In his first season as the Pacer’s coach, he led them to a 58-24 record and won the NBA Coach of The Year Award. Bird would resign as the Pacers head coach in 2000, and is currently the Pacers President of Basketball Operations. At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Bird was named the NBA Executive of The Year. Larry Bird is the only person to win the NBA MVP Award, the NBA Coach of the Year and the NBA Executive of The Year throughout his career.

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