Buckner, Walton to take part in tribute to Larry Bird

October 16, 2013

Fellow NBA veterans Quinn Buckner and Bill Walton have confirmed plans to participate in Honoring a Legend Weekend, Indiana State University's upcoming tribute to Larry Bird.

Bird's former Boston Celtics teammates will speak during a Nov. 8 scholarship recognition program at Hulman Center and Buckner will serve as master of ceremonies for the dedication of a 15-foot-tall statue of Bird on Nov. 9.

"We couldn't be more excited and thankful to have former greats helping us celebrate this event," said Greg Lansing, head coach of the Indiana State men's basketball team. "To have such high profile former athletes and media giants help us honor the best to ever play for the Sycamores and one of the very best of all time speaks volumes of the magnitude of this event."

The scholarship program will include a video showcasing Bird's career, with special emphasis on the 1978-79 "dream season" at Indiana State in which Bird led the Sycamores to the NCAA championship game against Michigan State.

The ISU Basketball Band and cheerleaders will also be on hand to add to the festive atmosphere.

"This will be the biggest event Indiana State Athletics and the ISU Foundation have ever had. It's certainly worthy of a major welcome and homecoming for all Sycamore fans, former student athletes and supporters," Lansing said.

Jim Jones, Bird's high school coach, and Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will also speak during the recognition program. ESPN columnist and Bird biographer Jackie MacMullan will serve as moderator. MacMullan covered the Celtics as a columnist and associate editor for the Boston Globe.

Buckner, who played college basketball at Indiana University, had a 10-year NBA career with the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers and served as coach for the Dallas Mavericks. He is a color analyst for the Pacers broadcast team on Fox Sports Indiana.Walton played for UCLA in the early 1970s and led John Wooden's Bruins to two NCAA championships before beginning his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers and later playing for the San Diego Clippers.

Morris will discuss Bird's tenure as Indiana Pacers coach and a team executive.Bird's Indiana State teammates from the 1979 squad that played in the NCAA championship game against Michigan State will also be on hand for Honoring a Legend weekend.

Individual tickets for a Nov. 8 VIP dinner are available for $630, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship in Bird's honor. Tickets for the scholarship recognition program following the dinner are available for $33 or $133, depending on seating. The $133 tickets include a commemorative program and Larry Bird bobble head. A portion of the cost of each ticket will be a tax deductible contribution to the Larry Legend Scholarship.

The statue dedication is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9, prior to a basketball doubleheader at Hulman Center. The Sycamore men's team will host Ball State at 1:05 p.m. in the regular season opener while the women's team will tip-off against South Alabama at 5:05 p.m.

More information about Honoring a Legend weekend is at www.gosycamores.com.

Note to media: We ask that requests for credentials to cover any of the Honoring a Legend events be received by Oct. 24. Please send requests to dave.taylor@indstate.edu

Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

 

 

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Fellow NBA veterans Quinn Buckner and Bill Walton have confirmed plans to participate in Honoring a Legend Weekend, Indiana State University's upcoming tribute to Larry Bird Nov. 8 and 9. Events include the dedication of a 15-foot-tall statue of Bird.

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