Bird’s 33 soars to new heights

On February 4, 1993, the Boston Celtics let the number 33 fly to the rafters in Larry Bird’s number retirement ceremony.  

The 1998 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee played his entire career with the Celtics. He was chosen in the first round of the 1978 NBA draft and stayed with the team until his retirement at the conclusion of the 1991-92 season.

Bird was named Rookie of the Year in 1980. He played in 12 All-Star games and post seasons. With his help, the Celtics won the championship in ’81, ’84 and ’86.

Video from willstaten on YouTube

Bird was given the opportunity to represent the United States in the Olympics with the gold medal Dream Team in Barcelona in 1992.

Before joining the NBA Bird played at Indiana State where he lead the team to the Championship game in ’79. The opponent, Michigan States was led by Magic Johnson who carried the team to victory. The rivalry between the two remained prominent throughout their careers and was part of what made the sport popular among Americans in the 1980’s. Bird was presented the Wooden Award in 1979. He was named Consensus All-American in 1978 and ’79.

The rivalry, however sparked a friendship when the Bird and Johnson co-stared in a commercial for Converse shoes.

After retiring as a player, Bird coached the Indiana Pacers for three seasons. He was named coach of the year (1997-98) and led the team to be Eastern Conference Champions (1999-00).

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” -Larry Bird

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