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Larry Legend
Shaw, Mark, 1945-
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Publication Information:
Lincolnwood, Ill. : Masters Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxii, 330 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV884.B57 S53 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Larry Bird was a legend before he ever left Indiana to become an all-star with the Boston Celtics. A high school all-star from Southern Indiana, Bird led Indiana State to the 1979 NCAA championship game, then helped Boston to NBA championships in 1981 and 1986. When he came back to Indiana in 1997 to be the head coach of the Indiana Pacers, lots of questions remained to be answered. Everyone knew Bird could play, but could he coach? It didn't take long to answer that question. All the Pacers did was have one of their best seasons ever since joining the NBA. Larry Legend looks at the life and times of Larry Bird, championship player and rookie coach. It features extensive biographical material and explores the personal and professional lives of a paradoxical man who is one of the great sports heroes of the 20th century.

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Booklist Review

This book capitalizes on the phenomenal success of Larry Bird in his first season as a head coach in the National Basketball Association. In coaching, Bird wisely stuck to the farmerlike work habits of his playing career, habits that elevated him from high-school star in tiny French Lick, Indiana, to having his jersey hung in the hallowed rafters of Boston Garden. The simple approach to coaching worked, and Bird's team, the Indiana Pacers, far exceeded expectations, earning him Coach of the Year honors. Despite alternate chapters on Bird's whole career, Shaw's book does little to augment Bird's autobiography, Drive (1989). This is mainly a game log of Bird's rookie year as a coach, and it rarely takes us inside the action or relationships between thoroughbred athletes. Still, Bird's status as one of the key figures in basketball's exponential rise in popularity, along with last year's coaching success, is certain to attract fans to this journeyman effort. --Dane Carr