Last Flight Of a Legend

After 13 seasons, Larry Bird takes himself out of the game

It wasn't exhaustion from grappling with opposing forwards that finally caused Larry Bird, 35, to retire from basketball. Rather, it was the strain of stuffing all 6 ft. 9 in. of himself into airline seats and team buses every night. Citing chronic back pain, the National Basketball Association's 11th- leading all-time scorer and three-time Most Valuable Player has called it quits. "I'm excited to be going to a new life," said Bird, who will move to the Boston Celtics' front office. "But I'm going to miss this life." Celtics' fans were in mourning; during the reign of Bird, they had been...

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