Lawrence Joseph Bird is a retired professional basketball player and a coach who played for the Boston Celtics under the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played in the small forward position and his jersey number was 33.
Bird studied from the Springs Valley High School where he was leading scorer in the school basketball team. After completing his high school Bird was offered a basketball scholarship from the University of Indiana in the year 1974. At the University he was trained under the head coach Bob King. Bird led the team to the NCAA tournament finals where they lost to the Michigan State University which included the star player Magic Johnson.
In the 1978 NBA draft, Bird was traded to the Boston Celtics but he only started playing for the Celtics after his college education finished. He made his debut in the 1979 season and in his first year itself he was voted for the All Star Team. His average throughout the regular season was 21.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 4.5 apg. Eventually the team made it to the finals but lost to the Philadelphia 76ers. The following season the team made it to the playoff finals facing the Houston Rockets in a 6 game series. The team went on to defeat the Rockets and won its first NBA title under the leadership of the Bird.
In 1984 the Celtics once again made it to the NBA finals. This time they stood against the strong Lakers team and defeated them by 111-102 in the final game. Bird scored with an average of 27.4 ppg and 14 rpg.
In the 1988 season Bird recorded the best statistical figures of his career. However that season the team never made it to the finals as they were driven out by the Pistons in the semi finals. The 1989 season saw Bird out of the squad as he suffered from a bone injury and got operated to surgically remove bone spurs from both of his heels.