Larry Bird – NBA Star and Avid Outdoorsman

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Larry Bird in the 1985 NBA Playoffs

Larry Bird Photo by Steve Lipofsky

Any basketball fan is almost certainly familiar with Larry Bird. He was drafted into the NBA by the Boston Celtics in 1978. Bird played for the Celtics for thirteen seasons. He brought the Celtics from some miserable seasons to the top team in the NBA. Larry was especially famous for his three pointers. Due to chronic back problems and surgery, he retired as a player in 1992. He continued to serve 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. A quote by Magic Johnson at Larry’s retirement party: “Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.”

Larry Bird was born in the small rural town of French Lick, Indiana. The town is known for its quiet streets and the many outdoor recreational activities, including fishing and hunting. This may be one reason while Larry Bird has always been a passionate outdoorsman apart from his exceptional basketball career. He loves hunting and fishing in addition to enjoying a game of golf now and then. After his retirement from NBA, he is finally finding more time for his outdoor activities.

Larry attends several fishing tournaments every year, and it usually helps a tournament in attracting a lot of participants who hope for a photo opportunity with him and his catch. In addition to fishing, his interest in hunting, bird hunting, is also well-known by his friends. Some consider it quite unusual for an NBA star to have such a passion in outdoor activities. Then again, isn’t it quite natural for someone, who has spent most of his life indoors on hardwood floors, to be attracted to the great natural environment surrounding a hunter or fisherman? And remember, Larry hails from a small country town well-known for hunting, fishing and camping. That country background probably also explains his love for country music.

If you are a fan of Larry Bird, and you also happen to like the outdoors, the best chance for a personal encounter with Larry is to go to fishing or hunting sporting events! Ask around and find out where his favorite spots are. He has a reputation of being a down-to-earth type of guy who is easy to approach and strike up a conversation with.

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