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Larry Bird "The Hick from French Lick"
By Tammy Scarbrough

1     If you are a fan of basketball, you have probably heard of Larry Bird. Even if you are not a fan, you may have heard of him. He was born in West Baden, Indiana, but grew up in French Lick, Indiana. While a senior in high school, he averaged 31 points and 23 rebounds per basketball game. This great talent earned him a full scholarship to Indiana University. Since he was from a very small town, college life was a little overwhelming for him. A few weeks after he started college, he decided to go back home for awhile.
2     He eventually went back to college, but this time he enrolled at Indiana State University in 1975. After three years of playing basketball for Indiana State, the Boston Celtics offered him a job in the NBA (National Basketball Association). He decided to stay in college another year. He then signed a five-year contract with the Celtics. He was the highest paid rookie in the history of basketball. He took it all in stride, though, saying, "No matter how good I am, I'm still just a hick from French Lick."
3     In Bird's first year in the NBA, he was named "Rookie of the Year." He averaged 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The following season, in 1981, Bird led the Celtics to an NBA championship with a win over Philadelphia followed by six wins over the Houston Rockets. From 1984 through 1986, Bird was named MVP of the game. A street in his hometown of French Lick was named after him.

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