|Real Name:||Janet Condra|
|Occupation:||Former Wife Of Larry Bird|
Janet Condra is a prominent American personality that got famous because of her former husband. You might say she dated Larry Bird before he was Larry Legend. Janet and the former NBA champion had a brief relationship, yet fans still want to know more about her.
Larry is a well-known former American basketball player and star. Many consider him one of the best basketball players in American history. Larry played his entire career in the NBA for the Boston Celtics and won three NBA championship rings.
Larry and Janet became an item in 1975, but that relationship lasted only for one year.
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Who Is Her Former Husband?
We can assume most people have heard of Larry Bird. Born Larry Joe Bird in 1956, he is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive. He earned two nicknames during his NBA career, the Hick from French Lick and Larry Legend.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he is the only person in NBA history to be named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, Finals MVP, All-Star MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
Born in West Baden Springs, Indiana, his father Claude Joseph Bird was a veteran of the Korean War. His parents were of Irish, Scottish, and Native American descent. Larry has four brothers and a sister.
Raised in nearby French Lick, that is where the nickname Hick from the French Lick comes from. At French Lick, his mother worked two jobs to support him and his siblings.
In interviews, Larry says that being poor as a child still motivates him. His parents Georgia Bird, before Georgia Kerns, and Joe Bird divorced when he was in high school. One year later, Joe committed suicide.
As a young child, Larry used basketball as an escape from his family’s troubles. He starred for Springs Valley High School and averaged 31 points, 21 rebounds, and 4 assists as a senior. His youngest brother, Eddie Bird, also played basketball.
Highly recruited as a local basketball star, Bird initially signed to play college basketball for coach Bob Knight of the Indiana Hoosiers. Yet, he dropped out after one month and attended a local community college in French Lick.
He attended the smaller Indiana State University the next year, playing for three years for the Sycamores. In the 1978 NBA draft, Bird was drafted sixth overall by the Boston Celtics. But he elected to stay in college for one more year and returned for the 1978-79 season. During that time at college, he led his team to an undefeated regular season and a national championship game.
At the championship game, Bird faced Michigan State great Magic Johnson, beginning a career-long rivalry between the two.
He joined the NBA for the 1979-80 NBA season, making an immediate impact and leading the Boston Celtics to a 32-win improvement. They were eliminated in the Conference Finals in his first year. Bird played for the Celtics for his entire professional career. During his 13 seasons there, he led them to five NBA Finals appearances and three NBA championships.
For most of his career, Bird played alongside forward Kevin McHale and center Robert Parish. Many people consider them the greatest frontcourt in NBA history.
He was a member of the 1992 United States men’s Olympic Basketball Team, considered the Dream Team. Bird was one of the first players to take advantage of the three-point line. Sadly, back injuries limited his career.
As a player, he won the NBA championship three times in 1981, 84, and 86, earning the Finals MVP in the last two championship runs. He was a three-time Most Valuable Player, from 1984 to 1986, winning it in three consecutive years.
Following his playing career, he worked as a coach, winning coach of the year for the Indiana Pacers. He also won Executive of the Year with the Pacers.
Now let’s talk about Larry Bird’s former spouse. Janet Condra is a prominent American personality who is famous for her marriage to the basketball star.
Born in Indiana, her exact birth date has not been revealed. Yet, judging by the fact she was a high school sweetheart of Bird, we can assume she was born somewhere around his birth date. The two had a brief relationship and marriage.
Janet completed her elementary education before proceeding to get a high school diploma from Springs Valley High School.
There is no information about her career and higher education. We do not know anything about her parents, siblings, and relationships after her marriage to Larry Bird.
Marriage To Larry
Janet and Larry were high school sweethearts. They met during their time in high school, and later on, got married. They exchanged vows on November 8, 1975.
That was before Bird was Larry Legend. They were childhood friends who went to school together. They maintained the relationship after school and got married in 1975.
But the marriage lasted less than a year. They got back trying to reconcile but were unsuccessful. Their daughter Corrie Bird was born in 1977. There is no information about her marriages after that. Many reports suggest she remained single.
On the other hand, Larry remarried Dinnah Mattingly in 1989, and they had two children, Conner Bird, and Mariah Bird.
Larry Bird made his NBA debut three years after his divorce from Janet Condra. He took the league by storm, winning the Rookie of the Year award after averaging 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Life After Divorce
Following her divorce from the NBA legend, Janet had a rough time. According to some rumors, they had a strained relationship. And it deteriorated to the point she could not contact him.
As a result, their daughter Corrie Bird was estranged from her father. They did not have a typical father-daughter relationship growing up.
Corrie desired to meet her father, but Larry turned her down. Eventually, Corrie’s stepmother invited her to a Pacers game when he was a coach there.
That helped improve their relationship.
Is She On Social Media?
As we said before, following the divorce from the NBA star, Janet had a rough time. She disappeared from the public and took care of her daughter. Many reports claim she remained single for the rest of her life.
She does not have a profile on any social media platform, including Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Strangely enough, Larry doesn’t have one as well. He avoids social media.
According to some reports, Janet has a net worth of close to $500,000. While that might sound like a lot, it is way lower than the one of her former husband.
Yes, Larry Bird played in an era when salaries were not as high. But he still earned quite a lot. As of July 2023, Larry has a net worth of $75 million.