Indiana museum to tell story of basketball great Larry Bird

A museum is being planned to tell the story of basketball great Larry Bird, an Indiana native.

The museum will be in a new convention center that's being built in Terre Haute in western Indiana, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Saturday.

Bird plans to donate personal items and memorabilia from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University, the U.S. Olympic team and beyond, The Tribune-Star reported. Bird also was an NBA Coach of the Year (1998) and an NBA Executive of the Year (2012) with the Indiana Pacers.

Holcomb predicted the museum will be a global draw, describing Bird as "Larry the Legend — Indiana's favorite son."

Details about the museum are still being developed, but plans include interactive displays about Bird's life and career. He won three NBA championships with the Celtics.

Construction on the convention center is expected to start in the spring. The Vigo County Capital Improvement Board recently approved a more than $1.6 million contract with CSO Architects for the project.

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