In addition to Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Bill Russell, Larry Bird is regarded as one of the all-time greats in basketball.
The native of Indiana won three NBA championships, twice received the league MVP award, and scored over 24 points per game throughout his NBA career. Even more records are in his resume.
Even though Larry Bird went on to become one of the best, when he was younger, he had no intention of playing basketball. Although he had different plans for the future, it was clear that he was talented in the game.
Currently, Bird is taking advantage of all that comes with being a retired professional athlete. The 65-year-old has never been one to indulge in luxury spending, despite his renown and legendary reputation throughout the US.
Although not much is known about Bird’s private life, he has been married to his beloved wife, Dinah Mattingly, for more than 30 years.
On December 7, 1956, Larry Bird was born in West Baden, Indiana, a small community outside of French Lick, Indiana, a larger city. The fourth of six children born to Joe and Georgia Bird, his family did not own a car and led a modest life. Sport evolved into a major form of entertainment for Larry and his siblings because they spent the majority of the day at home making the most of what they had.
“Once I graduated from college, I entered the professional ranks. How is he going to do? He won’t be quick enough, won’t be able to rebound, or won’t be able to execute his jump shot in the pros. Bird remembered.
“And I believe it took me about three days after rookie camp to realise this league is worthless. I could play in this league, and I’d be the best player there.
Larry debuted in the NBA during the 1979–1980 campaign. Three years later, Bird won his first championship, and the Indiana native went on to win the League MVP award for the following three seasons, from 1984 to 1986.
Larry vowed to “dominate the NBA,” and he succeeded in doing so. He was a member of the All-NBA First Team nine times, was an NBA Finals MVP twice, and was an All-Star a total of 12 times. Most importantly, though, he assisted in raising interest in basketball and the NBA to a whole new level, working alongside players like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.
The 1980s Celtics-Bulls rivalry grew to be legendary and is still spoken about today. However, in actuality, it was primarily a showdown between Jordan and Bird, a turning point in history where the torch was passed from one great to another. Michael learned that Larry was regarded as one of the game’s finest trash talkers.
“Larry Bird is the best mind-gamer and trash-talker of all time. Jordan once remarked, “He taught me all I know about going inside people’s thoughts.
Over the course of 13 seasons, Bird participated in 897 games for the Boston Celtics. He announced his retirement in 1992, and the Boston Celtics permanently retired Bird’s number by raising his No. 33 jersey to the Boston Garden’s rafters in February 1993.
According to sources, Bird earned almost $24 million over his career. His current net worth is about $75 million.
But despite the fact that it may be expected that a celebrity would live a lavish lifestyle and spend money every day, Larry didn’t do it at all. He apparently never spent much money on pricey watches, vehicles, or other opulent items since he never forgot his origins or where he came from.
“When I’m back in Boston, all I want to do is go out to eat, pay my bill, and leave. I don’t experience those issues in French Lick, which is why I return there. The same applies to luxury vehicles like Mercedes and other similar models, Bird said.
“I just can’t see investing $50,000 or $60,000 in a car when our childhood home was only worth $10,000. And I never really found anything appealing about clothes. I always wore whatever made me feel cozy. If I get something for nothing, I’ll wear just about anything.
Little is known about Bird’s personal life outside of the NBA. He has never been a big fan of discussing his personal life; in fact, when he was an NBA player, he even advised reporters not to probe too deeply.
Bird once said, “My personal life is nobody’s business.” Additionally, it isn’t interesting.
Larry Bird married Janet Condra for the first time in 1975. They were only married for a year, but they later got along again and had Corrie Bird as a child.
In the midst of his illustrious career, Larry married Dinah Mattingly in 1989. But, as Bird told reporters, his personal life was distinct from his existence as an NBA star, and even after they got married, Bird maintained it a closely-guarded secret.
The Kokomo Tribune reported in 1989 that Bird had wed “a former Indianapolis woman.” In contrast, the wedding event was not at all of a show.
The couple reportedly got married at Max Gibson’s house, which is part of the Larry Bird’s Boston Connection hotel and restaurant complex in Terre Haute.
With the exception of Gibson, his wife Jackie, and the judge from the Superior Court who officiated the ceremony, Bird and Mattingly had dinner alone after the wedding without the presence of any friends or family. After dinner, the couple left for Boston.
Glen Ankney, a different friend of Bird, stated: “They simply had a nice dinner in the hotel and left… The ceremony was fairly private.
The couple adopted two children, Connor and Mariah, not long after getting married.