While Larry Bird was a fantastic basketball player, he wasn’t the best father.

Back in 1993, Corrie Bird wanted to attend her father’s retirement ceremony, which was being hosted by the Boston Celtics as a way of honoring Larry Bird. Corrie claimed that her father ignored her request. Larry Bird has had little to no involvement with Corrie, who was born shortly after the divorce of Bird and his ex-wife Janet Condra following a brief union.


Among the best basketball players to ever compete in the NBA is Larry Bird. He dropped out of Indiana because he was homesick and didn’t like the big school, and he almost gave it all up during his college years. During his undergraduate years, Bird had a great deal of hardship in his life, which included his father’s suicide, his marriage and brief divorce, and the birth of his daughter Corrie.

Bird, who moved from Indiana to work for the city operating a garbage truck, almost gave up on basketball. Bird was persuaded to come back to Indiana State and play for his Sycamores by a man by the name of Bill Hodges, an assistant. After returning to college, Bird faced Magic Johnson and Michigan State in the NCAA championship game before being selected by the Boston Celtics in the draft.


Bird spent his whole 13-year NBA career playing for the Boston Celtics. He won three straight seasons and was an NBA champion three times. He was also named MVP three times. Throughout his 13-year NBA career, Bird was an All-Star in 12 of them. In his final game, he averaged 24.3 points and 10 rebounds. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1998.


Corrie Bird desired to have involvement in her father’s life.


The Worcester Telegram’s John Gearan quoted Corrie, the then-15-year-old daughter of Larry Bird, in an article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun. Corrie wrote to her father, requesting to visit him in Boston at his major retirement ceremony. She said he never got back to her. Corrie admitted that their communication wasn’t very frequent.


A brief story regarding Corrie Bird’s 1998 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show and her nonexistent relationship with her father appeared in the Boston Globe. Winfrey asked Corrie, “Why can’t you move on? It’s been 20 years since you lived without your father.” “I still have hope that he can be part of my life,” Corrie added, acknowledging that she had moved on in some aspects. Janet Corrie’s mother recalled, “I used to make excuses for her when she was younger. I was powerless to shield her from her father’s anguish. I could shield her from that, but not from anything else.

Corrie, an incredible athlete who also attended Indiana State University, was mentioned in a Sports Illustrated article about players fathering out-of-wedlock children as saying she would always want to reach out to her father. She recalled, “When I was younger, my mom would send him my report cards and school pictures, and I would send him letters.” “He just didn’t respond, so we sent them certified mail to make sure he received them.”




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