Larry Bird Net Worth is $45 million
Quick facts about Larry Bird
Date of birth: December 7, 1956
Place of birth: West Baden, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation: former basketball player and coach, currently president of basketball operations at Pacers
Just like it is the case with TV personalities there is no shortage of rich basketball players. You may be amazed when you think of Larry’s $45 million net worth and how he has managed to accumulate all that money but, to put things in perspective, there is so many basketball players who have this net worth and much more. There is a long list of wealthy players with Michael Jordan, whose net worth is $650 million, being on the top of the list.
Ray Allen, Jamal Mashburn and Chris Paul seem to be at the same range as Larry Bird with net worth estimated between $45 million and $50 million. Now let’s look a little closer at Larry Bird and how he became a basketball player.
Larry Bird was one of the six children of poor Indiana family. His mother was forced to work two jobs to support her children. To make things worse, their parents divorced when Larry was in high school and his father committed a suicide only one year later. Being poor was a great motivator for Larry and he once acknowledged that being poor when he was young motivates him to this day.
Talking about quotes, Larry Bird has some very good ones. Here are a few examples:
I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out at the end.
and this one:
I wasn’t real quick and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa! So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.
And finally this one:
Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around.
This is truly inspirational and can be applied in different areas of our lives.
It’s unlikely that young Larry saw basketball as something that will potentially make him a multimillionaire, however basketball served one very important purpose – it helped him escape from thinking about his family troubles, poverty and the death of his father. After becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader, Larry won a scholarship to play college basketball in Indiana Hoosiers in 1974 and from there he took off.
Unfortunately Larry Bird had to retire from basketball in 1992 due to chronic back problems but he continued working as coach and now he is a president of basketball operations at Pacers. Well, at the very least, with $45 million net worth Larry has earned enough for himself; his children and grandchildren will never have to endure poverty as he once did. Here are some of the greatest moments when Larry was still playing:
Larry Bird’s profile at Basketball Hall of Fame.
Image source: Steven Carter