Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 11:20 am  |  15 responses

Larry Bird is Getting a Statue in Indiana

Pacers GM Larry Bird will be honored by the Indiana Hoosiers with a statue. Bird is naturally embarrassed by the whole thing. Per the Indy Star: “Larry Bird enjoyed taking a jab at longtime rival Magic Johnson on Tuesday night. Bird said it’s only right that the statue Indiana State will unveil of him next weekend at Terre Haute’s Hulman Center is taller than Johnson’s statue outside Michigan State’s arena in East Lansing, Mich. ‘It should be,’ Bird said with a laugh. Bird was serious about everything else surrounding the Nov. 9 unveiling of the 15-foot statue. He said he’s ‘sort of embarrassed’ by the honor, even asking ‘why me?’ Of course, Bird knows why given the Sycamores’ dramatic undefeated run to the NCAA championship game against Johnson’s Spartans in 1979. That season not only changed Bird’s life; it changed college basketball. The game, won by Michigan State, remains the highest-rated game in the sport’s television history. ‘It was really the start of March Madness, and we played against a great team that night,’ Bird said. Bird will be honored the night before the statue unveiling at a scholarship-funding dinner at ISU. More than the accolades, Bird said he is looking forward to seeing many of his former teammates. ‘It will be a good night,’ he said. ‘(It was) definitely a special time. I remember almost every game. We had a lot of success there, especially my senior year. (I) had a lot of fun in Terre Haute. I always love to go back there, so it’s going to be special.’ Bird doesn’t expect to get emotional, in part because the retirement of his uniform is the ultimate honor for a basketball player. Besides, his career is already represented in a pair of sneakers near the statue of legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach outside Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.”

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  • danpowers

    seems like its monument season in the nba. dwight, there is still hope for you

  • Blarmac

    That first line makes it sound like Indiana University is honoring him. Confused me for a sec.

  • BugEyes

    Him and magic should get a staute together out front of the ho.o.f they saved basketball

  • spit hot fiyah

    i don’t get the point of statues

  • @iamMrjump

    #LarryLegend -

  • The Philosopher

    Larry Bird juuuuusssttt may be the greatest player who has ever played in the NBA.

  • bike

    Me neither. I used to think getting a street or a building named after you would be cool but I don’t anymore.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    hoosier is a term for anyone from Indiana.

  • Enigmatic

    It is, but I think that first line is still a mistake because hoosiers is capitalized. Think they meant Indiana State Sycamores.

  • BugEyes

    To show appreciation and respect

  • aldisiij367

    my Aunty Alice got Kia Forte Coupe by working part time from a home pc. helpful hints w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • vannshy

    Would you rather pick Larry Bird or Lebron ? Please elaborate

  • Blarmac

    I’m from Indiana.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    welcome to the club.

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