With basketball buffs agreeing on countless superlatives from best shooter to best passer of all time and a résumé rife with accolades like back-to-back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards, Larry Bird ranks as one of the greatest all-court players to have stepped on the hardwood.
Throughout Larry Bird’s 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics, he led the team to three NBA Championships, along the way snagging two NBA Finals MVP awards and the honor AP Athlete of the Year. Bird’s sheer presence on the court brought out the best in his entire team, providing the sensation that magic was not only likely when he was in action, it was guaranteed. Look no further than one of his 50-40-90 games or late-game rallies like the one in the final quarter of game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals where he netted a cool 20 points to seal the Celtics’ series win over the Atlanta Hawks. Ultimately, what makes Bird legendary is what makes all champions so: he was most reliable when under the greatest pressure. Pay homage to a megastar among stars.