One of our basketball-mad friends once told us of a rabid Larry Bird fan, who, each year on the NBA great's birthday, would toss a pair of green Converse sneakers over the fence at Bird's childhood home.
It might take a boat to pay such homage at Bird's sprawling vacation pad in Florida: the 6,000-square-foot home -- now on the market for $4,800,000 -- sits right on the Venetian Bay in Naples, a luxe Gulf-front enclave on Florida's southwest coast.
Bird's agent said he'll be living year-round now in Indiana, but the move isn't personal -- the Celtics legend just won't have time to spend on the water now that he's returning as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers.
"Signing a multiyear contract, it’s apparent his ability to keep a large home in Naples is limited,” Jill Leone told the News-Press. “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... It’s a very active, 365-day job.”
According to Zillow Blog, Bird and his wife have owned a home in Naples since 1993. They reportedly bought the current property in 1998, razing the existing house and building a custom replacement. The couple constructed a 4-bedroom, 6-bath home with not only great views and a pool, but a full-service bar with a saltwater aquarium, home theatre, summer kitchen, and tiki hut.
Check out how an NBA Hall of Famer lives below, but don't get any ideas: he's probably got enough green Converse already.