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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 at 12:03 pm  |  11 responses

Indiana State University to Construct Statue of Larry Bird


Indiana State University will construct a 15-foot bronze statue of NBA legend Larry Bird to commemorate his playing days with the Sycamores. The statue is expected to be erected in the fall of 2013, at the school’s Hulman Center Arena. Via Boston.com: “Sculptor Bill Wolfe said he wants to make sure Bird’s statue is taller than those of Magic Johnson, whose Michigan State team beat Bird’s Indiana State team in the 1979 NCAA championship game. ‘I don’t have anything against Magic,’ Wolfe said. ‘Larry is just better,’ Wolfe then said in unison with Jack Fox, director of development for the Indiana State University Foundation. Bird, who grew up in the southern Indiana town of French Lick, stepped down this summer as the Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations after winning last season’s NBA Executive of the Year award. Fox said he expects the Bird statue to be an icon for the city. Work on the statue started in 2007 with The Larry Legend Foundation, a student organization that sought to promote honoring Bird with a statute at Hulman Center. The project stalled last year after a donor came forward to complete the statue but sought a different artist than Wolfe.”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    i remember bobby knight saying to whoever he was sitting next to: if they make a statue out of you i hope i get re-incarnated as a pigeon

  • MagicMaz

    They should erect a giant 80′s Bird ‘stach and have the basketball team rub it for good luck

  • c.a.

    Bronze, not white marble? Racist! :-p

  • Redd

    Agreed.

  • Max

    LOL

  • http://www.facebook.com/peter.desmond.376 Peter Desmond

    there was no rivalry – Magic owned Larry…beat him in college and over and over in the pros!

  • Hylan Smith

    Magic Johnson will go down as the greatest point guard in the history of the NBA and if you do not believe it ask Larry Bird.

  • Hylan Smith

    Magic Johnson will go down as the greatest point guard in the history of the NBA and if you do not believe it ask Larry Bird.

  • alamojoe

    yea right behind and I do mean right behind “Rondo”

  • roscoe

    Enuf w/ the statues of the living legends.

  • Ann

    thanks

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