For all you sports fans, today in history marks the final day of the legendary Basketball pro – Larry Bird. It was on this date in 1992, that the Boston Celtics forward officially retired.
A little known fact about Bird – after graduation, he received a scholarship to play for legendary coach Bobby Knight at Indiana University, one of the finest teams in the country. However, Bird was homesick and uncomfortable in the spotlight. So he left the school after one month and returned to French Lick, Indiana (his hometown).
He eventually enrolled at the smaller Indiana State, far from a basketball powerhouse. There, Bird was a one-man offense, averaging 30 points per game as a sophomore, junior and senior. He led the Sycamores to an undefeated record in his senior season (1978-79) before losing to Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans in the most viewed NCAA title game ever. From there his NBA career sky-rocketed. But sadly, at the young age of 35, Bird’s back condition finally rendered him unable to play.
NBA commissioner David Stern said it best: “Larry Bird helped to define the way a generation of basketball fans has come to view and appreciate the N.B.A. In the future, great players will be judged against the standards he has set, but there will never be another Larry Bird.”
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