Larry Bird Announces Retirement
Following his Olympic experience, on August 18, 1992, Bird announced his retirement as an NBA player.
He finished his career with averages of more than 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists per game, while shooting 49.6% from the field, 88.6% from the free throw line and 37.6% from three-point range. Following Bird's departure, the Celtics promptly retired his jersey number 33.
Aug. 18, 1992
Ten days after winning a gold medal in Barcelona as a member of the original Dream Team, Bird announces his retirement. He finished his career with 21,791 points, 8,974 rebounds and 5,695 assists.
As the 1992-93 NBA season approached, Bird decided he could not continue. On Aug. 18, 1992 he announced his retirement as a player. After 897 games Bird retired with 21,791 points (24.3 ppg), 8,974 rebounds (10.0 rpg) and 5,695 assists (6.3 apg). During his career he shot .496 from the floor and .886 from the free-throw line, ranking fifth all-time in the latter category behind Mark Price, Rick Barry, Calvin Murphy and Scott Skiles.
Larry viewed it as a fittingly golden moment to crown his golden career, and he announced his retirement from the NBA just a few weeks later, on August 18, 1992. In a career that spanned 13 years, he averaged more than 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. He had a 49.6% field career field goal percentage, an 88.6% average in free throws, a whopping 37.6% when it came to three-point shots. Larry was the star of three NBA Championship squads. He was named an NBA All-Star 12 times. He was the league’s most valuable player three times (1984-86) and was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary Team in 1996.