Larry Bird’s forgotten time in Indiana taught him yet another invaluable lesson on the court

When you think of Larry Bird and his life story, most basketball fans will probably hit the same beats. The famed forward cut his teeth at Indiana State, thrusting the Sycamores into the national spotlight. He then signed with the Boston Celtics, winning both championships and individual honors. Then, in retirement, Larry Legend joined the Indiana Pacers, proving he could shine as a coach and executive.

Bird’s brief stay in Indiana, however, is little more than a footnote. He was supposed to play for the Hoosiers but barely spent any time on campus before throwing in the towel and heading home.

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