By Charlie Roumeliotis
On Oct. 29, during the Indiana Pacers' home opener, a 15-foot tall bronze Larry Bird statue will be unveiled at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But it won't because of his NBA success as a player, coach, or director of basketball operations.
Before he became an NBA all-star, won Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year, Bird was a star at Indiana State for three years where he average over 30 points per game and 13 rebounds.
He also spearheaded the Sycamores to an undefeated season in 1979 and reached the NCAA championship game before falling short to Michigan State.
While the Pacers will host Bird's tribute in their home opener, Indiana State will also recognize him on the opening week of college basketball's Nov. 8-9.
The statue will be sent to Terre Haute, where Indiana State's campus is, following the game's end and will remain there.