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Larry Bird Who is one of the greatest All-Time NBA Players I believe that it would have to be Larry Bird Larry Bird was born on December 7 1956 in West Baden Indiana Larry Bird has been a great basketball player all of his life Larry played basketball in high school at Springs Valley High School in French Lick Indiana Birds legend was born in the tiny town in Indiana snuggled in Indianas corn country where his family led a Spartan life French Lick had a population of 2059 most of who came out to watch Springs Valley High Schools home games in a state that takes it schools basketball very seriously Attendance often reached 1600 and all loved to come and watch the blond-haired shooting whiz with a funny smile named Larry Joe Bird During Larrys sophomore season Bird broke his ankle which shortened his sophomore year playing Bird came back his junior year and played his hardest Springs Valley went 19-2 and young Larry became a local celebrity Fans always seemed to be willing to give a ride to Birds parents who couldnt afford a car of their own As a senior Bird became the schools all-time scoring champion and about 4000 people attended his final home game Bird found the transition to college life difficult He started out as an Indiana Hooiser but later left Bobby Knights team Then he left the local junior college Northwood institute Finally Bird enrolled at Indiana State which had posted 12-14 records in each of the two previous years and where the pressure was not quite the same as at Indiana a perennial Big Ten power and national title contender In college the home games attendance would hover around 3100 people Bird arrived at Indiana State but as he had done in Springs Valley Bird single-handedly packed the house and elevated his team to respectability and more
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