Larry Bird recounted how his father walked from home to watch him break the high school county record.

Perhaps every parent has fantasised at some point that their offspring would one day surpass them as the best in their chosen field of athletics.

It's no wonder that parents would want their kids involved in sports, as they catch the attention of millions of people and its heroes are held in the highest regard.

Not so for the guy, however.
Larry Bird was raised in the Indiana hamlet of French Lick by his parents.

Given that his father was a Korean War veteran with limited resources, Bird and his siblings did not have an especially comfortable childhood.

Even when Larry became an NBA great, this shaped who he was as a person.
Larry's parents went through a lot of stress when he was growing up.

Larry Legend once told Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe about the time he was about to set a high school record, as reported by the Globe.

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