This Day In Sports History (May 24th) — New York Islanders
This Day In Sports History (May 28th) — Larry Bird
It was on this day in 1986 that Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird was named the regular season Most Valuable Player. Bird joined Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to win the award in three consecutive years.
The 1985-86 season was one of the best in Larry Bird’s historic career. He averaged 25.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.8 assists while appearing in all 82 regular season games and leading the Celtic’s to the NBA’s best record, at 67-15. Bird also averaged a career high two steals per game. However, Bird saved his best for Boston’s long playoff run.
In the NBA finals against the Houston Rockets, Bird nearly averaged a triple-double on his way to being named the Finals MVP. The Celtics would beat the Rockets in six games to capture their third championship in the last six seasons.
Here’s a look at Bird’s triple-double performance during Game 6 of the 1986 NBA Finals.
Jerry West, NBA – Born May 28th 1938 (age 75) in Chelyan, West Virginia
Kirk Gibson, MLB – Born May 28th 1957 (age 55) in Pontiac, Michigan
Michael Oher, NFL – Born May 28th 1986 (age 27) in Memphis, Tennessee