NBA TV Celebrates Larry Birdís 50th Birthday
Posted Dec 4 2006 5:47PM
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2006 Ė NBA TV will celebrate NBA Legend Larry Birdís 50th Birthday on Thursday, Dec. 7, when the network dedicates a full day of programming to one of the greatest players in NBA history beginning at 9 a.m. ET. The highlight of this all-day celebration will be The Legend at 50, an exclusive interview by Hall of Famer and ESPN analyst Bill Walton with his former Boston Celtics teammate and current Indiana Pacers executive at 7:30 p.m. ET.
NBA TV also will present Larry Birdís 50 Greatest Moments at 6:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by Rick Kamla, this one-hour special will feature a countdown of the 50 greatest moments from Birdís legendary basketball career and will include commentary from the men who played with and against the native of French Lick, Ind. In addition, Andre Aldridge will go into the NBA video vaults for Larry Bird: Through the Years at 5:30 p.m. ET. This special presentation will showcase vintage interviews and features on Bird conducted throughout the years, beginning with his early playing career with the Celtics to his present role as President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers.
In addition, NBA TV will air documentaries and NBA Hardwood Classic specials, such as Birdís 60-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks during his 1985 NBA MVP season (1 p.m. ET). The network also will present rarely-seen home videos from Bird throughout the day as well as his mesmerizing performance in the 1988 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout (11 a.m. ET) and his emotional retirement ceremony (10 p.m. ET).
To complement the networkís comprehensive coverage, NBA.com will blanket the site with extensive Bird video highlights and features on his classic playoff duels against Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins as well as comments from his former teammates on NBA TV Broadband. The site also will feature special retrospectives from his former coaches, rare photos and the ultimate Bird trivia game. In addition, NBA Radio on SIRIUS Satellite Radio will present live interviews with Birdís teammates.
Among the highlights, NBA TVís Larry Bird birthday celebration will feature:
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