Larry Joe Bird

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About Larry Joe Bird
Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, whom coach Red Auerbach considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, teaming with legendary center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Due to back problems, he retired as a player from the NBA in 1992. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, which he currently still holds.Larry Bird was born in West Baden, Indiana, the son of Georgia Kerns and Claude Joseph "Joe" Bird. He grew up in both West Baden and the adjacent town French Lick, which earned him the nickname "the Hick from French Lick" in his later basketball career. Financial troubles would plague the Bird family for most of Larry's childhood. In a 1988 interview with Sports Illustrated, Bird recalled how his mother would make do on the family's meager earnings: "If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don't mean she wouldn't pay the bank, but the children always came first." Bird sometimes was sent to live with his grandmother due to the family's struggles. Bird told Sports Illustrated that being poor as a child "motivates me to this day". The Bird family's struggle with poverty was compounded by the alcoholism and personal difficulties of Joe Bird. In 1975, after Bird's parents divorced, his father committed suicide. In spite of his domestic woes, by the time he was a high school sophomore, Bird had become one of the better basketball players in French Lick. He started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader. Bird's high school coach, Jim Jones, was a key factor to Bird's success. "Jonesie", as Bird called him, would come help Bird and his friends practice any day of the week. Bird would always be in the gym early, shoot in between classes, and then stay late into the evening. He quit both football and baseball to focus on the sport he loved, basketball.

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United States of America Basketball Players Ranking

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Rank Name Total
1. Kobe Bryant 76355
2. Larry Joe Bird 43661
3. LeBron James 4355
4. Michael Jordan 3668
5. Shaquille ONeal 383
6. Brian Scalabrine 239
7. Kevin Garnett 219
8. Ray Allen 218
9. Rajon Rondo 218
10. Dwight Howard 217

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1. Kobe Bryant 76355
2. Mirza Delibasic 64671
3. Hortência Marcari 64430
4. Alexander Belov 63422
5. Larry Joe Bird 43661
6. Hidayet Turkoglu 43199
7. Marcel Ramon 42680
8. Paula Silva 40674
9. Oscar Schmidt 37548
10. Hamed Hadadi 17711

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