Larry Bird stated that he didn’t mind being the sixth man.

Larry Bird stated that he didn’t mind being the sixth man.

Was Larry Bird the Boston Celtics’ sixth man? It occurred following his wins of Rookie of the Year and a championship in his second season.

Bird was the team’s sixth man and came off the bench for 19 games in the 1981–82 campaign. Harvey Catchings of the Milwaukee Bucks made it happen, and Bird had no issues playing reserve.

The team finished 29-53 the year before Larry Bird made his Boston Celtics debut. The Celtics had a 32-50 record the year before that. Bird was drafted as the basketball team’s savior because Boston desperately needed a winner.

The Celtics struck a franchise-altering agreement with the Golden State Warriors the next season. Thanks to a prior trade with the Detroit Pistons, the Celtics were in possession of the top pick in the 1980 NBA Draft. In return for the third overall pick and seasoned center Robert Parish, Boston packaged that pick along with the No. 13 pick. Kevin McHale was selected by the Celtics with that No. 3 pick.

Bird, McHale, and Parish won the first of three titles in the decade in their inaugural season together. In the 1981 NBA Finals, the Celtics defeated the Houston Rockets in six games. They proceeded to capture titles in 1986 and 1984. From 1984 to 1987, the Celtics participated in four consecutive championship rounds.

12 times, Bird was an NBA All-Star. From 1984 to 1986, he was the MVP three times in a row. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted him in 1998.

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