Larry Bird is one of the most legendary players in NBA history. Along with Magic Johnson, he is credited with being one of the key players in saving the league and saving it from failure. Byrd played for the Boston Celtics, a symbol of excellence and the city, a legacy that is firmly engraved in that city’s proud athletic heritage. But despite being one of the biggest stars in league history, streaks of fame and fortune never appealed to Larry Legend.
Larry Bird was from French Lake, Indiana, a small town with a population of no more than 2,000 people. Being from a place like this means he grew up with almost no luxuries. This can manifest itself in two ways: one is when the person in question is looking for luxuries that he did not have before, and the other is when those luxuries themselves are not pleasing to them. Byrd was more likely in the latter category, and mediocre when they walk out of the field, Although it was hard for her.
Larry Bird once talked about how he never developed any big spending habits despite being a star
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe revealed something Bird told him in 1985. The Boston legend was talking about his upbringing and what made him who he is. The excerpt from the interview gives insight into who Larry Bird was as a person.
“In 1985, Byrd was opening up to me during an interview at the Richfield Holiday Inn—the scene of my sneaky attempt to buy him a beer. He was about to win another MVP and my boss wanted a 3,000-word profile that prepared the inevitable playoffs and final with the Lakers. I brought A bucket of ice and a couple of Cokes from the vending machine on the hotel’s first floor and I pulled up a chair in Bird’s hotel room as he sprawled across his bed, looking up at the ceiling, and talking about his humble roots and his rise to stardom.
“I really don’t need anyone to build myself up,” Baird said. When I’m home in Boston, I want to go out and eat, pay my bill, and get the hell out of it. Coming back to French Lick, I don’t have these problems, which is why I’m back there. It’s the same with beautiful cars, Mercedes and all that. I can’t see putting $50,000 or $60,000 in a car when our house was $10,000 bigger. I just can’t buy that.
“And the clothes never caught my attention. I didn’t really enjoy it. I always wear what I feel comfortable in. I’d wear just about anything if I got it for free. when I was in [Indiana] The state, after I finished my degree, had me teach special needs children in a high school. That was difficult. It gives me a lot of respect for the people who do this.
“I thought I was going to be a construction worker, pouring concrete. I wasn’t very good at school shopping, but I was about building. In terms of basketball, I just wanted to be the best player on my high school team.”
Humility is a great strength and there is a lot that young stars of today can learn from Bird’s perspective on life. There is certainly nothing wrong with living a life of luxury after you have worked so hard to endure it. But understanding the way the world works and how small some people are compared to others can go a long way in keeping even the largest stars from Earth, Baird has demonstrated.