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Larry Bird's NBA career with the Boston Celtics was strongly linked with that of Earvin "Magic" Johnson and other Los Angeles Lakers greats during those teams' rivalry so many years ago.
So, it just makes sense to have someone play "Larry Legend" in an upcoming HBO series about the Lakers "Showtime Era" of the 1980s, right?
Bo Burnham, will you please step forward?
Burnham, who first rose to stardom as a YouTube sensation, according to Variety magazine, before transitioning to standup comedy and roles in movies and TV, may seem an unlikely choice to play Bird, a basketball legend from Indiana known affectionately as the "Hick from French Lick."
He did what? That time when Larry Bird scored 47 points — all with his left hand
So far, he has appeared onscreen in films such as "The Big Sick" and "Promising Young Woman," as well as on TV shows such as "The Kroll Show" and "Parks and Recreation."
But there is the first Indiana connection. After all, "Parks and Recreation" was based in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. (OK, that is a stretch.)
Burnham is a native of Massachusetts, and while that isn't Indiana, it's a place where Bird is still revered after playing his entire career with the Celtics while leading them to three NBA championships, including a defeat of the Lakers in a seven-game championship series after the 1983-84 season.
Oh, did we mention Burnham's height? He's 6-5.
While Larry Bird was actually 6-9, that's not a bad height for an actor playing an NBA legend.