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 hands a basketball to Magic
Johnson during the 1979 national championship. (James Drake/SI)
Bird and teammates on the bench during the 1986 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
Bird and Magic Johnson during the 1987 NBA Finals. (Peter Read Miller/SI)
The Big Three -- Robert Parish, Bird and Kevin McHale -- on the bench in 1991. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson pose during a photo shoot before the 1992 Olympics. (Neil Leifer/SI)
Bird whispers to David Robinson as Patrick Ewing looks on during the 1992 Olympics medal ceremony. (John W. McDonough/SI)
Pacers coach Bird poses during a 1997 SI photo shoot. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
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