Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird needs no introduction. The 3x champ, 3x MVP, and 12X All-Star is a top 10 player in almost everybody’s book. His battles against the Magic-led Lakers defined NBA basketball in the 80’s.
What you might not be aware of are a few of his basketball accolades from after retirement.
Larry Bird is the only man in NBA history to have won an MVP award, a Coach of the Year award, and an Executive of the Year award. In terms of winning awards as a player, coach and executive, Bird has hit the trifecta.
Bird became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 1997, winning Coach of the Year honors that same season. The Pacers went 58-24 that season, which at the time was a franchise best. (The ABA Pacers went 59-25 and won the ABA Finals in 1970 and the 03-04 Pacers hold the new franchise best with 61 wins)
Bird would coach three seasons in Indiana, making it to the Eastern Conference Finals twice and the Finals once. During his first year of coaching, his team pushed the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls to seven games. Bird resigned after three seasons, a promise he made before he took the head coaching position.
In 2003, Bird became the Indiana’s president of basketball operations. It wasn’t until 2012 that he was awarded Executive of the Year, completing his one of a kind collection.
On and off the court, Larry Legend is one of the GOATs.
Featured photo credit: Michael Conroy, Associated Press
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