How tall is Larry Bird

Larry Bird's Height

6ft 9in (205.7 cm)

Former American basketball player, who played with The Boston Celtics. He mentioned in his own book about his height, saying "I was almost six-four as a junior, six-six or so as a senior and I grew to Six-Nine. It's an entirely different game when you're Six-Nine."

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Average Guess (35 Votes)
6ft 8.99in (205.7cm)
Rising - 174 cm said on 16/Aug/17
@Height: It depends on what you mean during the way. If you mean from your high out of bed to low before bed, then you're simply wrong. A 2 cm loss would be more typical for someone average height with a pretty average type of day. Some may lose a bit more or less of course, but the 0.5 to 1 cm figure you give would only be about accurate if you're talking normal business hours and the time you'd typically see people. Most would be closer to their low than high during that time to begin with since as Canson said, most will already lose about 1 cm in the first hour up. But I meant to post this on this page instead of the Hulk Hogan page, but it's an assumption that Barkley measured 6'4 5/8". The wording from the one source to report that is too ambiguous. He just said they "learned" Barkley was "more like" 6'4 5/8" than 6'6".
Canson said on 14/Aug/17
@Junior: he may have lost height and they said George grew to 6'8.5 or .75 and was near 6'10 in shoes. I take that with a grain of salt but Bird not edging him much today could be either of them. It wouldn't surprise me if Bird were 6'8.75 at his lowest in his peak because after all that still is gonna look 6'9" to most people. I say that based on how he looks with Magic.
Canson said on 13/Aug/17
@Height: I concur with everything Rob said as you lose a full or just about a full cm in the first hour you are awake. I do myself as I measure 195.8 out of bed and 194.9 after an hour. I usually get to 193.9 at my lowest (6'4.33) which is 3/4" from my highest (I see 6'4.25 if I go to the gym and have gotten as low as under 6'4 1/8 before) which is exactly what Rob typically says as well as everyone else here who measures themselves that most lose 3/4" or five or take 1/8 maybe. If you look at the General section you will see that everyone else is mostly consistent with this. And the longer the spine the more loss
Junior said on 13/Aug/17
He look 6'8.5" next to 6'7.75" draft measurement Paul George. Maybe his hair quite high giving illusion over 6'9.

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Height said on 13/Aug/17
People don't fluctuate in height during the day as much as it's exaggerated here. It's 0.5 cm to 1 cm max.
even said on 11/Jul/17
6 foot 9
Canson said on 8/Jul/17
Chris said on 7/Jul/17
You guys are just obsessed with trying to prove people who are 6'9 are really 6'4 lol

Larry Bird says he's 6'9 for a reason. The reason is he measured himself. Why do you think your own estimates, are better evidence than how tall he says he is?

You're the one obsessed with making people taller. Why is it that you believe Bird and Magic and now you mysteriously have met AI when you have commented before on his height "suspecting" but never mentioned it, but you insist that Charles Barkley is downplaying his height when he says he is 6'4.75. If you want to use that logic, Barkley is around his claim as well (was actually measured 6'4 5/8 at the Olympics). Oh btw, Larry brown coached AI for six years and is very close in height with him and said hes 5'10/5'11 which is what Rob has him listed (5'11). So someone who meets him one person that has upgraded everyone or someone who has seen him almost every day for 6 years, I'd believe the latter.
Chris said on 7/Jul/17
You guys are just obsessed with trying to prove people who are 6'9 are really 6'4 lol

Larry Bird says he's 6'9 for a reason. The reason is he measured himself. Why do you think your own estimates, are better evidence than how tall he says he is?
Canson said on 1/Jul/17
@Shane: I never thought he was that low but you have a point with Mchale and at times with Magic it can look 1-1.5" or 1.5-2". I've just always known he was taller than Magic was. I always wonder why Magic was listed 6'9" when he was drafted by the old commish and he said 6'8" 200 lbs from Mich St and his old coach Judd Heathcoat said he was 6'8" too in his Annoucement documentary
Shane said on 30/Jun/17
@Canson: yes, I don't see him over 6'9" 1/2 barefoot out of bed. I think he drops under 6'9" during day.
Canson said on 29/Jun/17
@Shane: you mean out of bed height 6'9.5? I can see him at his lowest in my opinion a solid 6'9". But I don't think 6'9.5 barefoot at his lowest. Honestly next to magic 6'8.75 dropping at night can look right too
Shane said on 29/Jun/17
@SJH I agree
Shane said on 28/Jun/17
@Canson I definitely don't think he was ever over 6'9" 1/2 barefoot. Maybe 6'9" flat. I just don't see him looking as tall as Durant, for example.
Canson said on 26/Jun/17
@SJH: maybe today. Peak I can see him waking to 6'9.75 or 6'10 and being 6'9ish (not over) at his lowest
S.J.H said on 25/Jun/17
Maybe if Bird wake up early at 5 to 6am he could hit a little over 6'9 but certainly he hold 6'8.25-6'8.5 most of time i see it. Really quite a weak 6'9 unlike Kevin Durant could look at his low at 6'9
Adijos said on 25/Jun/17
6'9" it's ok for him.
Shane said on 24/Jun/17
The more footage i see of Bird next to McHale makes me doubt he was 6'9" barefoot. Maybe out of need. Either way, he,easily had over an inch on Magic, maybe close to 2.
Christian-196.5cm (6ft5 3/8) said on 23/Jun/17
Most players his height would get listed 6'10" or 6'11". He was a solid 6'9" legitimately listed, same situation as Durant.
Canson said on 22/Jun/17
@Height: I agree with you for Grant I thought before he was solid 6'9" but maybe only 205 range as he doesn't look much over 4" with Jordan to me. you're right with 2cm Diff with Bird and Ewing but I'd say 208/206. But we are close on it.

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Canson said on 22/Jun/17
Agree with Phil.

Height you may be right at his peak in his early 20s and I say it because he had back issues in his late 20s into his 30s but I doubt he was ever 6'9.5. Maybe at most 6'9.25 peak. I would say he was 6'10 out of bed 6'9" at night all along. There are many here who don't even believe Bird was 6'9" but that's a post for another day. I honestly believe his peak height was a full 6'9" not below it
Canson said on 22/Jun/17
@Height: again, Ewing how in the world is he near 6'11" if Starks is only 6'2"? You really see 9" between them? I can't. Starks would be at his chin
Height said on 22/Jun/17
@Canson That is because Bird was not 206cm in his prime, he was about 207 cm (about 210 cm in shoes) and Ewing is in the 209 cm range (about 212 cm in shoes). Look up how Bird stands clearly taller next to true 205 cm guys like Horace Grant in old games and you'll get the picture.
Phil said on 22/Jun/17
i think 97 % of basketball players are not good looking people .they are just tall. Well, Michael Jordan has charisma.
6 foot 9 for Mister Bird.
Matthew Robinson said on 22/Jun/17
6'9" peak yes, but quite possibly closer to 6'8" today. He took a beating over his career.
Canson said on 21/Jun/17
@Height: Bird is standing behind Ewing and still doesn't look an entire inch shorter than him in that line. Ewing wasn't almost 9" taller than John Starks in fact he could look a weak 6'10" to be perfectly honest but since I know someone who has met him while at Georgetown and still sees him on occasion I always saw him as 6'10 guy since that's how he described him all the time when he talks about him.

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Canson said on 21/Jun/17
@Height: Bird is standing behind Ewing and still doesn't look an entire inch shorter than him in that line. Ewing wasn't almost 9" taller than John Starks in fact he could look a weak 6'10" to be perfectly honest but since I know someone who has met him while at Georgetown and still sees him on occasion I always saw him as 6'10 guy since that's how he described him all the time when he talks about him.
Canson said on 21/Jun/17
Ewing I doubt was over a solid 6'10 peak. Not almost 6'11. Bird solid 6'9 is a shout but I can see what Height is saying because bird had back issues at a relatively early age late 20s early 30s as he played for years with them. He may have been 6'9+ in his early 20s. I think by the Dream Team he was 6'9" but not less.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Jun/17
Rob maybe closer to 6ft8 today?
Height said on 21/Jun/17
@Logan, he certainly is.
Logan said on 18/Jun/17
Looking at him beside Patrick Ewing he looks about 6,10.75 but I doubt it since he said he was one time 6,6 I think he is most likely 6,9.5
Canson said on 10/Jun/17
@Height: I kinda agree. def see Bird and maybe Barkley because Barkley walks horribly today. Barkley looked shorter next to Kobe (more than 1/8") but maybe camera angle. Jordan I can see prob still the same around 6'4 1/2 (my estimate was maybe 1/8" height loss which is reasonable for someone 54 years old). As for Magic he doesn't look as tall but may be because he's gotten so big. Bird to me was a good solid 6'9" peak but 6'8 today with the back issues he doesn't look as tall as he once did
Height said on 8/Jun/17
Canson,

Except for Bird with all the health issues he's had (and maybe Magic), I honestly don't think the guys of that list have shrunk at all.
Height said on 7/Jun/17
His Peak height was more like 6'9.5", he is only about 1 inch shorter than Patrick Ewing who is about 209 cm- 210cm.
Height said on 7/Jun/17
His Peak height was more like 6'9.5", he is only about 1 inch shorter than Patrick Ewing who is about 209 cm.
Canson said on 13/May/17
Peak bird is 6'9" (today 6'8 range possibly)
Peak magic 6'7-6'7.25 today 6'6.75-6'7
Peak MJ 6'4.5-.75 (today 6'4 3/8-1/2)
Peak Barkley 6'4.5-.75 (today same as MJ)
Canson said on 6/May/17
Agree with RP
RP said on 20/Apr/17
Rob,
Bird needs peak height & current height.
Peak 6'8.75" to 6'9"
Current: 6'8"
KH said on 13/Mar/17
Bird has had tons of back issues. He was a legit 6'9 when he was coming out of college. Even by the Dream Team years when he was still a relatively young man (early 30's) he had serious back problems by then that could have easily cost some height.
Canson said on 6/Mar/17
@Greyvalentine: I've met max well albeit hadn't reached my full height but he looked 6'7/6'8 next to my dad who's 6'4. Bird I think was 205 barefoot at least weak 6'9 more like full. He's taller than maxwell and 1.5" on Magic minimum maybe 2@
GreyValentine said on 4/Mar/17
I think Larry was a legit 205cm in his prime.

In his book When the Game Was Ours, he says he grew to over 6'7" in his senior year, so I think he could've grown 1 inch after that. Also he's always looked just a bit taller than Cedric Maxwell who was listed at 6'8". I watched some games from Indiana State that listed him as a 6'9" 1/2 Center though.

So 6'9" is his in shoes height.

Here he looks as tall as Tyler Hansbrough, who was measured at 6'8.25" without shoes. Click Here
Canson said on 3/Mar/17
Yea I'd say weak 6'9 is possible S.J.H. Magic is supposed to be 6'7" and that's coming from Pat Riley. I don't think he was much over that esp prime maybe 6'7.25 tops. Maybe 2.5-3@ taller than Jordan 6'4.5 and 1.5" less than bird but could argu a full 6'9" prime. But I find it quite funny that people use the argument against Barkley saying 6'4" or others saying it very loosely (he actually says he's 6'5) but that's likely a morning height as he's more like 6'4.5 as well maybe 6'4 5/8. They always say he downplays his height to make his accomplishments better and to sell a book when it's others saying he's 6'4" not him. But they don't against magic making himself taller to make his accomplishments better as a giant point guard. He's clearly not even 6'8" next to James Worthy or Bird or Peyton manning or Michael Jordan. 6'8.5" is in shoes for him honestly
S.J.H said on 20/Jan/17
Thierry Henry is 6'1.5 and larry bird look at most 7" taller. Max 6'8.5 is bang on
Height said on 15/Jan/17
With over 188cm Thierry Henry:

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S.J.H said on 18/Oct/16
A real 206cm is like kevin durant for an exmaple. Bird at most 204cm 6'8.5
S.J.H said on 18/Oct/16
A real 206cm is like kevin durant for an exmaple. Bird at most 204cm 6'8.5
Wallace said on 5/Sep/16
Never met him but have seen him next to Magic who I have met and is six seven. Larry looks about six nine
Dawkins said on 18/Jul/16
208.5 cm out of bed, 206.5 cm at night.
Canson said on 16/Jul/16
208.5 out of bed 205.5 at night
Dawkins said on 15/Jul/16
208.5 cm out of bed, 206.5 cm at night.
Canson said on 1/Jul/16
@ken: see Jordan 6'4.5 and bird 6'9 below. No way Magic would only have an inch on Jordan. Bird is leaning in the pic as well but it'd be 4.5"

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Canson said on 1/Jul/16
Even though the consensus here is bird is 6'9 he surely can look a weak 6'9 strong 6'8.5-.75 at times. Maybe it's the huge forehead. But there are times even when he played that he looked a lot shorter than McHale but other times he looked similar in height like within a inch
Canson said on 1/Jul/16
Ken, to me Bird doesn't have 3" on Magic. That looks 1.5-2. right inside two meaning bird is probably right on the money at 6'9 (as listed) and Magic 6'7.25 like Height mentioned. At worst if it's 2, bird could be a fraction over 6'9 or Magic maybe between 6'7-6'7.25. I've never actually seen an official measurement for Magic other than that he's closer to 6'9 than 6'7 and that pat Riley called him 6'7 as well and people I know who have met him. Also Magic has more on Jordan than bird has on him. Quite clearly. See other pics with the two. Magic is 2.5" consistently on Jordan. That would make Jordan roughly 6'4.5-6'4.75 in that pic like he really is On avg with 6'4.5 prob as a low for him
Height said on 1/Jul/16
@Ken

Although the picture is not bad, it´s not that good to compare since Magic is a shoulder behind Bird. also, Magic is not next Jordan and from experience it's not accurate to compare people at a distance, but rather close together (side by side, face to face, back to back). MJ is behind Bird also.

The difference between Bird and Magic is more about 2 inches and the difference between MJ and Bird is about 4.5 inches.
Ken said on 30/Jun/16
Here is a link to the team picture of the Dream Team. Bird looks like he has at least 2-3 inches on Magic, and Magic looks like he has an inch or so on Jordan.

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Canson said on 25/Jun/16
@Shane: of course that's possible but 6'10 like Chris who inflated everyone's height here said is impossible
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 22/Jun/16
Rob, I think Bird could be a little under 6ft9 today maybe but no way 6ft7 range!
Shane said on 2/Jun/16
Bird is the rare NBA guy with a clear barefoot listing and could have been even a little above it (like 6'91/2). He has battled back issues so its possible hes lost more height post-career than some other players of similar age.
S.J.H said on 29/May/16
No way larry bird is over 6'8 and even today he could be 6'7.75-6'7.5 just look at the different between 6'7 magic johnson and him
Canson said on 28/May/16
Height: Likewise and one reason I respect you and your views as much as I do is because you are balanced in thinking. You don't sway one way or the other (you don't always upgrade or downgrade) but you are willing to downgrade when you deem it fit. And we can all agree most celebs are off by an inch at least. That's something a lot of people are unwilling to do (lol they think it's a sin and it will diminish the celeb's accomplishments). Keep posting the good stuff!!!!
Height said on 26/May/16
Canson, it is always nice to discuss these heights with you.

And of course we don't have to agree on everything, that's the fun part to me at least which is to find out the closest estimate!
Canson said on 26/May/16
Height: also when I said 6'7 for Magic (and my apology for not clarifying) i meant he was closer to 6'7 which is how they described him being closer to 6'7 than 6'9 just as they said Barkley closer to 6'4 5/8 than 6'6. But to your credit Jud Heathcote vouched he's def a strong 6'7 so again I agree.
Canson said on 26/May/16
Height: I agree with you 100%!!! 6'9.5 is possible for him more specifically 6'9.25. Magic also 6'7.25 (Riley called him 6'7 once). You have great insights as always. What I was saying is Bird isn't 6'10 or 6'11 as people like Chris are now saying. Hes doing so to justify why Magic is 6'9. I think it's fair to say I have agreed on all of your assessments as spot on!!! Only exception Barkley which is easily debatable!
Height said on 25/May/16
Canson, Magic was measured at 6'7.25" at the 92 Olympics and at 6'7.5" as a rookie. Never a flat 6'7".

Bird has close to 2 inches on Magic, so it makes sense that he is between 6'9"-6'9.5", and especially considering the fact that he looked about an inch or just a little more shorter than Patrick Ewing.

6'10", definitively not but there is a strong case for 6'9.5" in my opinion.
Canson said on 24/May/16
@Mathew Robinson: he isn't any less than the 6'8.5. Maybe a full 6'9 but not 6'10 like some of the people here say. The NBA doesn't list players under what they really are. The closest thing to it is a guy like Durant or KG who Rob has accurately listed here (same as their NBA listings) because they don't want to claim their shoe heights. That isn't under listing in reality.

Chris: you really speak some BS and don't know jack****. Magic was measured 6'7" at the Olympics not 6'9. Jordan 6'4.5 in 1984. Pat riley (an insider said it). He may have rounded down but either way he's a strong 6'4 or weak 6'5. And I think I'll trust that measurement over someone like you with your "conspiracy theories" theories. You probably are insecure and lie about your own height. It's the first sign of it. You upgrade every single player just like you claim we "downgrade them". You've never met any of these guys in public so you have no credibility.
Canson said on 24/May/16
@Mathew Robinson: he isn't any less than the 6'8.5. Maybe a full 6'9 but not 6'10 like some of the people here say. The NBA doesn't list players under what they really are. The closest thing to it is a guy like Durant or KG who Rob has accurately listed here (same as their NBA listings) because they don't want to claim their shoe heights. That isn't under listing in reality.

Chris: you really speak some BS and don't know jack****. Magic was measured 6'7" at the Olympics not 6'9. Jordan 6'4.5 in 1984. Pat riley (an insider said it). He may have rounded down but either way he's a strong 6'4 or weak 6'5. And I think I'll trust that measurement over someone like you with your "conspiracy theories" theories. You probably are insecure and lie about your own height. It's the first sign of it. You upgrade every single player just like you claim we "downgrade them". You've never met any of these guys in public so you have no credibility.
Mathew Robinson (190 cm) said on 18/May/16
Canson said on 22/Apr/16
Well he calls himself a 7 footer once lol!! He's def 6'8 1/2" no less. An inch to inch and a half taller than Magic

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Yeah, no way he's less than 6'8.5". And the full 6'9" is what I'd guess him at.
Chris said on 13/May/16
Bird is one of these guys who undersells his height. He's the same height as Kevin McHale (listed at 6'11)

Bird is an easy 6'9. He's probably 6'10
Oscar said on 28/Apr/16
very similar height to Bill Russell, about 3cm shorter than Patrick Ewing...a true 206-207 cm player.
Simmons said on 27/Apr/16
Please stop all the 6'8 nonsense... He is no less than a true 6'9 and I suspect he is even taller than a flat 6'9.
Canson said on 22/Apr/16
Well he calls himself a 7 footer once lol!! He's def 6'8 1/2" no less. An inch to inch and a half taller than Magic
DRE said on 15/Jan/16
Him being a strong 6'8 is nonsense. This guy looked 6'11 on the court, he is a strong 6'9, 6'9 and a half in my opinion.
Matthew190 said on 23/Aug/15
Bird was about 6'9", whether he was just under, bang on, or just over is debatable but he was right in around there. Personally I think barefooted he was at least 6'8.75" - 6'9".
height said on 18/Mar/15
I'd say he's in the 6'9.25" (206.4 cm) - 6'9.5" (207 cm) range.

Here is a pic of Bird with his legs spread (making him shorter in that stance) next to Magic with his legs straight: Click Here

Bird (with knees slightly more bent) has at least 2 solid inches (at least 5cm) on Magic: Click Here



Bird has 2 solid inches on Magic, considering Magic is 6'7.5" barefooted at most.
Oanh said on 27/Feb/15
Mike1961 says on 31/Jan/15
6'9" is the NBA-reported height for Bird. But I heard a commentator say that Bird was actually closer to 7'0". I thought he was easily 6'10".

LOL @ closer to 7'. Bird was always listed at 6'9". He always looked a legit 6'9". I don't think he was any taller than that.
Sal said on 24/Feb/15
I heard Larry was measured at 6'9.5" at the olympics. He and McHale were almost the same height. My question is if he is 6'9", McHale is roughly 6'10" and Robert Parrish has at least 2" on McHale and was said to be 7'.5" then how tall is Bill Walton who appears taller than Parrish in the team photo from back when. Was he standing on his tip toes???
Gonzalo said on 21/Jan/15
A true 2`05 guy. One of the greatest
jtm said on 19/Jan/15
he is 6'9 and johnson is 6'7.
Horace said on 18/Jan/15
Bird has at least two inches on Magic Johnson. Both great players and it worked as a marketing scam for years to bill them at similar heihts, but the truth is obvious when they stand next to each other and Bird has Magic by quite a few inches. Bird is around six foot nine. Magic is between six six and six seven.
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Judd said on 18/Jan/15
@Matthew: 1,5"? Are you sure?

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Larry is taller but I doubt he has more than 1" on Magic!
Mathew said on 18/Jan/15
Judd says on 18/Jan/15
he's the best white basketball ball of ever! 6'9", same height or maybe a fraction taller than Magic Johnson

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Bird had at least 1.5" on Magic Click Here
Judd said on 18/Jan/15
he's the best white basketball ball of ever! 6'9", same height or maybe a fraction taller than Magic Johnson

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