Today in Sports History: August 18

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1992, Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird announced his retirement from the NBA after 13 seasons. The legendary forward who once signed the richest rookie contract in sports history, proved himself more than worthy. Picked 6th in the 1978 NBA draft, Bird spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics. During his tenure, Bird led the Celtics to five NBA finals, three championships and was named Finals MVP twice. Aside from his accomplishments with the Celtics, Bird was a part of the legendary 1992 Dream Team and named league MVP three consecutive years (1984-86). Following his retirement, Bird has continued to be a part of the NBA through his roles as a coach and executive for the Indiana Pacers. Larry Bird is the only player in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

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