Awarded: April 2000
(b. Dec. 7, 1956)
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Larry Bird, along with Magic Johnson, reinvigorated the NBA in the 1980s with a competitive rivalry between the Celtics and the Lakers. He has won every major distinction professional basketball bestows on its players. Bird retired in 1992 after 13 seasons. He succeeded Larry Brown as the coach of the Indiana Pacers, and in 1998, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.