Today in Sports History: February 4

On this day in 1993, the Boston Celtics retired Larry Bird’s no.33 jersey. The event took place in front of a sold-out crowd at the Boston Garden. Bird was the sixth pick in the 1978 NBA Draft, and led a phenomenal career spanning 13 seasons. Bird excelled in all areas of the game – he was a hustler who played his best basketball in clutch situations. A Celtics legend, Bird led the team to five NBA Finals and won three championships and played 31 NBA Finals games where he averaged 23.1 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Bird earned his first Finals MVP during the 1984 finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged 27.4 points, 14 rebounds, and 3.6 assists to beat the Lakers in seven games. Aside from his accomplishments with the Celtics, Bird was a part of the legendary 1992 Dream Team that won Olympic gold in Barcelona. Bird’s other accolades include Rookie of the Year, 9x All-NBA First Team, 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 3x NBA MVP, 2x NBA Finals MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.

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