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In Focus: Larry Bird

Larry Bird in 1977 (Lane Stewart/SI) Larry Bird in 1977 (Lane Stewart/SI)

By Andy Gray

Larry Bird celebrates his 56th birthday on Friday. From his days at Indiana State to Boston to his return home to coach the Pacers, here's a look back at the career of Larry Legend.

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Larry Bird

Bird attempts a jumper during a 1979 FInal Four game against DePaul. (James Drake/SI) Bird attempts a jumper during a 1979 Final Four game against DePaul. (James Drake/SI)

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Bird hands a basketball to Magic Johnson during the 1979 National Championship. (James Drake/SI) Bird hands a basketball to Magic Johnson during the 1979 national championship. (James Drake/SI)

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Bird and teammates on the bench during the 1986 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI) Bird and teammates on the bench during the 1986 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

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Bird and Magic Johnson during the 1987 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI) Bird and Magic Johnson during the 1987 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

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The Big Three - Robert Parish, Bird and Kevin McHale on the bench in 1991. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) The Big Three -- Robert Parish, Bird and Kevin McHale -- on the bench in 1991. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson pose during a photo shoot before the 1992 Olympics. (Neil Leifer/SI) Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson pose during a photo shoot before the 1992 Olympics. (Neil Leifer/SI)

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Bird whispers to David Robinson as Patrick Ewing looks on during the 1992 Olympics medal ceremony. (John W. McDonough/SI) Bird whispers to David Robinson as Patrick Ewing looks on during the 1992 Olympics medal ceremony. (John W. McDonough/SI)

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Pacers coach Larry Bird poses during a 1997 SI photo shoot. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI) Pacers coach Bird poses during a 1997 SI photo shoot. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)

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