While today's basketball fans might be all about Curry, Bryant and Lebron, Larry Bird was all the rage during the 1980s. The Indiana native played for the Boston Celtics from 1979 through 1992, serving as a coach for the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. As of 2019, he's the only person in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.
In honor of his impressive legacy, artist Jules Muck created a mural based off his 1977 Sports Illustrated photo shoot on the Fountain Square building in Indianapolis. Muck chose to ink up the NBA star, however, Bird was less than stoked about the artwork.
"Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from where he began to where he is now through a lot of hard work. He has developed a brand that is marketable and he needs to protect that brand,” shares his attorney, Gary Salle to the IndyStar.
"The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand."
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