Larry Bird Is Selling His Florida Mansion, and Yes, It Has a Basketball Hoop
Most retirement homes in Florida don’t feature a 10-foot Goalrilla in the front drive. Then again, most retirees aren’t Larry Bird.
According to Rick Chandler of Sports Grid, Bird is selling his mansion in Naples, Fla.
Listed at $4.8 million, the mansion features four beds, four baths and a basketball hoop—life essentials for a retired NBA Hall of Famer like Bird. Past that, the home does have its fair share of luxury accommodations, including a “charming” tiki hut and an infinity pool overlooking the water.
The 6,000-square-foot home also boasts a 10-seat theater, presumably best for watching old footage of Bird working his miracles on the hardwood. Bird also apparently would encourage you to watch Legolas take down orcs with his Mirkwood bow. Both are marksman, in their own way.
If you’re a fish lover (I prefer mine blackened), Bird’s mansion also features a 500-gallon saltwater tank.
Now, for the question you’re all likely wondering—why is Bird selling? Is he out of money? Building a new mega-mansion somewhere?
According to Bird’s agent Jill Leone (via Chris Umpierre of The News-Press), Bird doesn’t have time to be in Florida anymore. After taking a yearlong sabbatical for health reasons, Bird is returning to work as the president of basketball operations of the Indiana Pacers:
Signing a multiyear contract, it’s apparent his ability to keep a large home in Naples is limited, Leone told News-Press.com. They love the area. Everybody loves the area. I’m sure there will be a time when he can spend more time there, but right now physically he’s required to be in the Pacers arena.
Indeed, basketball and the state of Indiana calls to Bird, as it always has. You cannot take the game out of this man.
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