American basketball legend, Larry Bird is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. He has also served as a coach, after his retirement as a player. Bird has scored 21,791 NBA points with an average of 24.3 points per game. He has won Gold Medals in the 1977 World University Games and the 1992 Olympics Games representing the United States. We shall have a look at the net worth of Larry Bird in 2020 in this article.
Early Life & Biography
Larry Joe Bird was born on 7th December 1956, in West Baden Springs, Indiana. His father Claude Joseph Bird was a Korean War veteran, and his mother’s name is Georgia. It is said that his mother had to undertake two jobs in order to raise her six children.
Larry attended the Springs Valley High School and his parents divorced during this period. A year after the divorce, his father committed suicide, and Larry says that he used basketball to forget his personal troubles. While playing for the Springs Valley High School, Larry averaged 31 points, 21 rebounds, and four assists becoming the school’s all-time top scorer.
Larry’s first marriage was with his high school classmate Janet Condra. The couple has a daughter Corrie. After their separation, Larry married Dinah Mattingly in 1989 and the couple has two adopted children Conner and Mariah. Larry Bird is the city park superintendent at Terre Haute.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Larry played his college basketball for the Indiana State University, taking them to the NCAA tournament for the first time in their history. In 1979, the Sycamores played the championship game against Michigan State, and the match gained the highest TV rating at that time for a college basketball game. Though they lost the game, Larry won numerous awards for his performance including the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
In 1979, Bird started his professional career with Boston Celtics signing a $3.25 million deal. He won his first Championship with Boston Celtics in 1981 averaging 21 points. In 1982, he won the All-Star Game MVP Award scoring 19 points in the All-Star Game. Bird earned the MVP consecutively for the 1983-84 and 1984-85 seasons scoring a career-high and franchise record 60 points against Atlanta Hawks.
Throughout his career as a player, Bird has won 3 NBA Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP, 3 NBA Most Valuable Player awards, 12 NBA All-Star, and 9 All-NBA First Team awards. After winning the 1992 Olympic Games, Bird retired from professional basketball, and the Celtics retired his jersey number 33 as an honor to him.
Bird started his coaching career with Indiana Pacers in 1997 and was named the NBA Coach of the year which made him the only man in the history of NBA to win both MVP and Coach of the year awards. After resigning from the post of Indiana Pacers’ coach in 2000, Bird returned to the franchise as its president in 2003 and was named the NBA Executive of the Year 2012. Bird resigned from his post in 2017 and currently serves as the team’s advisor.
Net Worth & Earnings
Starting his career with a salary of $3.25 million for the Boston Celtics in 1978-79, he has earned an average salary of $1.5 million per annum till the year 1991 with the Celtics. In 1992, he was said to have earned $7 million followed by $2.3 million the next year. With a highly successful career as a player, coach and also a president his net worth is estimated to be $65 million.
From a boy who was struck by poverty and family trauma, to a legendary player considered to be one of the greatest of all time, the life of Larry Bird has always been a journey filled with many moments of inspiration.