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ABA and NBA star Marvin 'Bad News' Barnes found dead at 62

ABA and NBA star Marvin 'Bad News' Barnes found dead at 62

PROVIDENCE, Pa., Sept. 9 (UPI) --Embattled NCAA, ABA and NBA star Marvin Barnes was found dead at his home in Providence, a former teammate confirmed. He was 62.
Matt Bradwell

Pacers obtain Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen from 76ers

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Indiana Pacers Thursday obtained forwards Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen from the Philadelphia 76ers for former all-star Danny Granger and a draft choice.
LeBron James: 'I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game'

LeBron James: 'I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game'

MIAMI, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- LeBron James sees himself joining Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on the NBA's "Mount Rushmore."
Evan Bleier
Pacers pick up center Andrew Bynum for rest of season

Pacers pick up center Andrew Bynum for rest of season

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Center Andrew Bynum signed a contract with the Indiana Pacers for the remainder of the NBA season, the team said Saturday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
By United Press International
Larry Bird returns to Pacers front office

Larry Bird returns to Pacers front office

INDIANAPOLIS, June 26 (UPI) -- Larry Bird has agreed to a multiyear deal to return to the Indiana Pacers as president of basketball operations, the team announced Wednesday.

Larry Bird's son charged with assault

BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- The son of basketball great Larry Bird was arrested after he allegedly tried to run his girlfriend over, Indiana University police said.
LeBron James wins NBA title, Olympic gold, MVP

LeBron James wins NBA title, Olympic gold, MVP

The 2011-12 NBA season started late but finished with the long-anticipated crowing of LeBron James and the Miami Heat as NBA champions.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.
By United Press International

Jockstrip: The world as we know it.

1992 'McJordan' BBQ sauce sells for $9,995 ... Snake rescued from N.J. road ... 'Batman' says he is doing public service ... Scalia's car ticketed in Philadelphia ... The world as we know it from UPI.

1992 'McJordan' BBQ sauce sells for $9,995

BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A North Dakota eBay seller made $9,995 by selling a gallon of sauce from the McJordan, a Michael Jordan-themed McDonald's sandwich available only in 1992.
Larry Bird steps down as Pacers' president

Larry Bird steps down as Pacers' president

INDIANAPOLIS, June 27 (UPI) -- Larry Bird resigned Wednesday as president of the Indiana Pacers, two months after being named NBA Executive of the Year.

Morway out as Pacers' GM

INDIANAPOLIS, June 26 (UPI) -- David Morway said Tuesday he has resigned as general manager of the Indiana Pacers just two days before the NBA draft.
Larry Bird named NBA exec of the year

Larry Bird named NBA exec of the year

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) -- The NBA announced Wednesday that Larry Bird, president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, had been named the league's executive of the year.
LeBron James wins 3rd NBA MVP

LeBron James wins 3rd NBA MVP

MIAMI, May 12 (UPI) -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James Saturday was named the NBA's most valuable player -- the third time he has earned the honors in his nine-year career.
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IND98051301-13 MAY 1998 - INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, USA: Prior to the start of Wednesday's game in Indianapolis, Indiana Pacers head coach Larry Bird was presented with the NBA Coach of the Year award. UPI jh/John Harrell
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Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a former American NBA basketball player and coach. Drafted into the NBA sixth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1978, Bird started at small forward and power forward for thirteen seasons, spearheading one of the NBA's most formidable frontcourts that included center Robert Parish and forward Kevin McHale. Due to chronic back problems, he retired as a player in 1992. Bird was voted to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996 and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. In 2003, he assumed the role of president of basketball operations for the Pacers, which he currently holds.

Larry Bird was born in West Baden, Indiana, the son of Georgia (née Kerns) and Claude Joseph "Joe" Bird. He grew up in both West Baden and the adjacent town French Lick, which earned him the nickname "the Hick from French Lick" in his later basketball career. Financial troubles would plague the Bird family for most of Larry's childhood. Bird recalled how his mother would make do on the family's meager earnings: "If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don't mean she wouldn't pay the bank, but the children always came first." According to Bird, his being poor as a child "motivates me to this day". He sometimes was sent to live with his grandmother due to the family's struggles. The Bird family's struggle with poverty was compounded by the alcoholism and personal difficulties of Joe Bird, who likely suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from serving in the Korean War. Joe and Georgia Bird divorced in 1975; Joe Bird committed suicide the same year.

In spite of his domestic woes, by the time he was a high school sophomore, Bird had become one of the better basketball players in French Lick. He started for French Lick/West Baden's high school team, Springs Valley High School, where he left as the school's all-time scoring leader. Bird's high school coach, Jim Jones, was a key factor to Bird's success. "Jonesie", as Bird called him, would come help Bird and his friends practice any day of the week. Bird would often go to the gym early, shoot between classes, and stay late into the evening. He quit both football and baseball to focus on basketball.

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