Grew up in West Baden, IN and nearby town French Lick, IN, which later earned him nickname "the Hick from French Lick"
Played for Indiana State University
Drafted by Bolton Celtics; held off playing to finish final college season
With Indiana State, first played against Magic Johnson during NCAA Championships; team lost to Johnson's Michigan State
Became highest-paid rookie in NBA history after signing with Boston Celtics
Named NBA Rookie of the Year
Won three consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player awards
Shared friendly yet competitive rivalry with Boston Celtics player Larry Bird; their respective teams played each other in three out of four NBA finals from 1984-87
Co-authored (with Bob Ryan) memoir <i>Drive: The Story of My Life</i>
Joined star-studded squad dubbed "the Dream Team" at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain; team won gold
Announced retirement from professional basketball
Made cameo in basketball drama "Blue Chips"
Appeared in sport comedy "Celtic Pride" and family film "Space Jam"; latter starred fellow NBA legend Michael Jordan
Coached NBA team the Indiana Pacers
Named NBA Coach of the Year
Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Served as President of Basketball Operations for Indiana Pacers
Published <i>When The Game Was Ours</i>, co-written with Magic Johnson (with Jackie MacMullan)
Famous rivalry documented in HBO's "Magic and Bird"
Named NBA Executive of the Year; announced he was parting ways with Pacers
Featured in documentary "The Dream Team"