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

Nov 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers from left to right general manager Donnie Walsh, owner Herb Simon, and president Larry Bird watch the Pacers extend their winning streak to 8-0 against the Memphis Grizzlies at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Memphis 95-79. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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 3-pointers made and free-throw percentage that season.

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