On This Date in NBA History: January 15, Larry Bird Named Man of the Year and Athlete of the Year

May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird in the stands during game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESS WIRE

1987 – Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird was named Man of the Year by The Sporting News and Athlete of the Year by The Associated Press, marking the first time that a person was selected for both distinctions. During the 1985-86 season, Bird was a large part of the Celtics’ third championship of his career. In addition, he led the NBA in three-pointers made and free throw percentage that season.

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