How tall is Larry Bird

Larry Bird's Height

6ft 9 (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 (52 Votes)
6ft 9.14in (206.1cm)
Height said on 12/Mar/19
Looks just a little shorter than Russell (visibly still a strong 6'9 here): Click Here
Canson said on 11/Jan/19
@Junior: love doesn’t look any shorter to be honest
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 10/Jan/19
@Canson Just my feeling Bird is more like 6'8 7/8 (205.4) peak and down to 204cm today but 6'8 too low. PG is more like a strong 202cm guy he can't be holding the 6'7 3/4 (202.6) from morning to low of the day (should be 6'7 1/4-3/8) but he look more like a 6'7 1/2 guy than Kevin Love, PG grow a 1/8 inch of fraction cm is possible. Without Bird hair advantage there is more like 2cm between them will be a better arguement. Click Here
Canson said on 30/Dec/18
@Christian: I’ve seen it where someone may have lost height prior to the surgery then gain back just what they lost. But I’ve also seen it where someone stayed where they were prior to. I know with a disc replacement one person I know had it in his neck and he lost height from it since the artificial disc was smaller than the other. But I also wonder if you would gain evening height just due to the fact that there is a spacer in between along with the fact that there is one less disc to compress. That’s probably a Rob question lol
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 13/Dec/18
@Canson

In some cases, people can even end up taller after spinal fusion surgery. But the majority of the time, they lose height.
Canson said on 11/Dec/18
For the record, if a disc is removed, the spacing is either filled in via a fusion where they fuse the discs together or if possible replaced by an artificial disc. Someone doesn’t remove a disc and simply have nothing to occupy it as they wouldn’t be stable. An artificial disc may be smaller than the original however
Canson said on 10/Dec/18
Not necessarily. Could’ve been a fusion where he wouldn’t lose any height
Leonps said on 9/Dec/18
Bird removed a disk due to back problem, so he was most likely taller before.
Canson said on 20/Sep/18
@Junior: a peak Bird was prob 6’9” flat and today 6’8 prob.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 6/Sep/18
Bird can look taller than listing during peak because of his higher advantage hair volume. I always feel he was a scratch at 6'8.75" peak low and now losing strong 1/4 maybe 1/2. 6'7 1/2 Paul George look nothing over 3/4 shorter than Bird now.
Dream(5'9.5 said on 26/Aug/18
Rob, who would you say 'could' measure a smidgen taller, Larry Bird or Michael Crichton?
Editor Rob
I've not seen that much of Chrichton really...compared to seeing Bird, who can look taller than his listing at times.
Canson said on 25/Aug/18
6’9 flat at his peak
Jrbowe42 said on 28/Jul/18
He was easily 6‘9 in his prime, possibly even 6‘9.5. He’s probably around 6‘8-6‘8.5 now.
Mickie said on 26/Jul/18
I wonder what Larry Bird's wingspan is? It's obviously not 6'7", which is the only reference I could find for him. He had fairly long arms, which Reggie Miller pointed out. Kevin McHale's wingspan has been mentioned at 8'0". The idea that Larry's wingspan is 17" shorter than McHale's is laughable. McHale did have a freakish wingspan, but that's just too big of a difference. I'd guess Larry must have had a wingspan at least 6'11", if not more 7'+. Whether McHale's is really 8'0" or not is questionable to me too.
Canson said on 19/Jul/18
@Height: Perkins was listed barefoot more than likely but Scheffler as a true center is a bit iffy
Canson said on 19/Jul/18
@Height: I thought I saw 6’10 before for him too but maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know about the 6’9.25-6’9.5. He doesn’t look as tall as Sam Perkins standing right next to him and Perkins is 6’9” himself
Canson said on 19/Jul/18
@Height: I thought I saw 6’10 before for him too but maybe I’m wrong.
Height said on 13/Jul/18
@Canson: He was listed at 6'9" and is taller than that, 6'9.25"-6'9.5" is my estimate.

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Canson said on 8/Jul/18
@Height: I can’t remember what they listed Scheffler at now. But if he were 6’9” barefoot he would be listed taller on paper. I’ve seen very few players actually get a barefoot listing especially those playing center. Maybe Kareem and Wilt. I’m not sure on Mark Eaton either whether he’s 7’3 or closer to 7’4”. It’s hard to gauge the Giant 7’0” plus crowd in many cases
Canson said on 8/Jul/18
@Shane: you absolutely do lose height during the day! I myself lose 2cm just about and on a day when I’ve been on my feet all evening I come down to 6’4 after midnight which is about 2.5-2.6 cm below where I wake
Canson said on 8/Jul/18
@Junior: Bird for sure I can see 6’9” peak at a low. Schrempf could also be or if anything he’s 6’8 3/4 like you said
Canson said on 8/Jul/18
@Shane: that’s correct! I have Horry at 6’8” as well. Always have. But this proves my point to several other people about Hakeem Olajuwon who is 6’9 range not 6’10” at a low. Morning height he would measure 6’10 tho. I do agree Horry would be 6’8” at a low and 6’9 out of bed
Shane said on 7/Jul/18
@Height I promise you I am not exaggerating on height loss through the day. I have measured tons of time in my life and very accurately. I can lose an inch + from out of bed to after gym, unfortunately. I am 6'2" barefoot out of bed but frustratingly can dip slightly under 6'1". Long neck and torso likely to blame.
Shane said on 7/Jul/18
@Canson if my memory is accurate Horry was 6'8" flat range barefoot. Probably an afternoon measurement I'm sure though.
Shane said on 7/Jul/18
@Canson if my memory is accurate Horry was 6'8" flat range barefoot. Probably an afternoon measurement I'm sure though.
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 28/Jun/18
@Canson
Detlef Schrempf and Larry Bird peak is def 6'9 zone. But Bird is 61 now and 7 years older than Detlef so might be already down at 6'8 1/2. Detlef can still look 6'9 but not more and the full picture with Dirk i take another closer look he atually wear a flat sneakers kind of given about 5/8 inch and Dirk had a 1" style shoe. Dirk could be 6'11 unlike what i thought 6'10 3/4 and Detlef a chance at 6'9 1/4. Horace Grant i always thought could be 6'8 3/4 look not more than 2" over Scottie Pippen who look 6'6 3/4 at his low.
Canson said on 18/Jun/18
@Height: I would have Horry a bit smaller than those guys but Grant and Kemp I could see
Canson said on 18/Jun/18
@Height: I agree on kemp. He came out as a late teen too. I would say weak 6’9”. You didn’t offend me either bud. We both have strong opinions!
Height said on 17/Jun/18
About Shawn Kemp, I think he could be anywhere in the 6'8.5"/ 204.47 cm -6'8.75"/205.11 cm range. From what I have seen, I am gutting more for 205.

He clearly looked shorter than Steve Scheffler who is a legit 6'9", maybe 6'9.25"-6'9.5".

I see Kemp more similar in height to Horace Grant...or even Robert Horry or Jayson Williams (both about 6'8.5")
Height said on 17/Jun/18
@Canson

Didn't mean to offend you. I know I can sometimes throw cms around, but it's because I truly trust my eye.

The reason Bird looks shorter is because Parish is a legit 7 footer (most probably close to 7'0.5" as he was listed in NBC telecasts back in the 90's) and McHale if not a full legit 6'10" guy is marginally under the mark.

All I wanted to convey is that Bird is clearly taller than guys in the 205 cm range and it's hard to believe that only by 1cm

You are right about Schrempf, I meant he was a 6'10" guy or over that mark in shoes. He's probably about the same as Bird who I consider at least 207 cm
Canson said on 6/Jun/18
Here’s Grant and Cartwright.

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And a comparison between Grant/Jordan and Bird/Jordan

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@Height: I’m not denying that Bird could edge Grant as that’s a possibility but it’s not as much as that first pic would suggest or even one full inch. If you’re saying Grant is only 205 and Bird is as tall as 6’10 it would exceed 1”. Comparing Jordan to both Bird has a slightly larger forehead than Grant

Even with Bird not having his head straight in this pic, Bill Russell would still edge him by a bit even if it were

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And Bird with Parish and Mchale he doesn’t look anything over 6’9”

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Canson said on 6/Jun/18
@Height: and I can say you are famous for judiciously pulling centimeters out of your rear when you know that you can’t see them between two people.
Canson said on 6/Jun/18
@Height: I don’t need to run a poll nor do I care. You posted these pictures below.

#1. Barkley is clearly closer to the camera than Pique.
#2. You posted a pic with Bird and Grant and tried to definitively talk about Bird being taller. Anyone with knowledge of pics knows that if the two switched positions that Grant would then have the edge.
#3. Grant is not standing as far up as Bird yet you use that to say that he’s taller.

It doesn’t matter who posts what more frequently. These four pics (including Barkley and Pique where you intentionally posted that to “prove” Barkley downplays his height) are very poor. So if you want to say “let’s do a poll” you really have put yourself in a very precarious and disadvantaged situation with your pics below. So if you’re calling mine bad then you’re simply hypocritical as yours are even worse.

Common sense? Do you really think Bird edges Grant by 3 or 4”? He doesn’t but in your pic of the two that you referred to Grant is significantly shorter.

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Height said on 4/Jun/18
@Canson if your are talking about garbage pics and criticizing pics when they don't support your argument, go look at the mirror...you are the master of posting and reposting your "X cm out bed, Y cm at night" when the discussions put in jeopardy your arguments.

Run a poll and see how many people here think your arguments and pictures are garbage.
Canson said on 2/Jun/18
@Junior: you’re absolutely correct. He could be that low especially with how he stacks up to Shawn Kemp who was 6’8.5ish. Kemp actually looked taller in pics at times.

My points below to Height were that Schrempf isn’t 6’10 like he says and Bird is not over 6’9”. I agree with what you said in that Durant looks taller. But you could be right Schrempf could be sub 6’9”. and also to the garbage pics that are posted below with Grant and Bird. The first pic is atrocious. If Bird switched places with Grant he wouldn’t be as tall. Ditto forThe third one as Grant isn’t even up as far af the line and the 2nd pic there is no way you can conceivably tell a height difference between them from an overhead angle. I was more critizing his pics because he’s done that to me when my pics don’t support his argument
Junior Hernandez 1990 said on 28/May/18
@Canson Detlef Schrempf could be as low as 6'8 3/4 with 6'10 3/4 Dirk Nowitzki who once admitted he is 7'0 with shoes on. 6'11 Garnett edge Dirk by 1/4.
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Canson said on 13/May/18
@Height: Schrempf is 6’9” barefoot as well. And I’m not saying that Bird can’t be taller than Grant because that’s possible especially with how they stack up to 6’4.5 Michael Jordan. Bird has a larger forehead than Grant as well. but the pic of them together specifically is not a way to tell. If the two switched places Grant would look taller than Bird is what I’m trying to say. My issue isn’t with your estimate it’s the pictures as they aren’t that good
Canson said on 13/May/18
@Height: you post pictures with people noticeably closer to the camera, significantly favored. and automatically say that one person is taller than the other or by how many inches. Then you judiciously throw fractions of cm around between two people like you can actually see them. take a look at this pic of Barkley and Gerard Pique that you posted. So there really is no room to talk about poor pictures. And the ones with Grant and Bird at the line do not prove that Bird is taller. I’m not saying it isn’t possible but the pic you posted is not a good way to determine that

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Height said on 11/May/18
@Canson no offense but the pictures you often use are weak and show people from the head up or the waist up in really bad angles to favor your hypothesis on the given player. Other times I've seen you use pictures comparing players that where 10 mts separated from each other :S That is the reason I call you out on those ocassions.

At least the majority of pictures I use for comparison offer a full body comparison at a max distance of an armslength.

Please illustrate me and the rest of this forum, how the pictures I have posted of Bird standing beside Grant at the free throw line at a close distance can't show wether one is taller than the other? (by how much? Of course the pictures can't tell, but they give you a clear idea on who is the taller player).

Better off, prove me wrong and post a picture or video where Grant is the same height or taller than Bird. That would certainly add to the discussion.
Canson said on 9/May/18
That’s the case with all three of those pics
Canson said on 9/May/18
@Height: no offense but you bashed me about two years ago anytime a picture didn’t support what you were saying and you are really using that picture of Bird and Grant to prove Bird is taller? That’s not a good picture of them. I honestly don’t know which of the two is taller based on that and nobody really does
Height said on 8/May/18
@Rob would you consider an upgrade?

Bird's taller than a flat 6'9". He always looked the same height as Detlef Schrempf who is a legit 6'10 guy.

He evidently edges Horace Grant (about 205 cm):

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In this picture he looks only about 5cm shorter than Bill Cartwright (who is certainly at least 213cm):

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Looks like he has more than 20cm next to a guy who is about 185 cm:

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A.Martin said on 8/May/18
Met him at Palacio de Deportes in 1988. He is was 207-208.
Canson said on 19/Apr/18
@Micky: agreed
Micky said on 19/Apr/18
Reggie Miller said in an interview "when you walk up to Larry Bird, it's not like he is a small 6'9". He's a BIG 6'9" with long arms."

Says to me he was 6'9" without shoes for his peak height. Today, maybe more like 6'8" - 6'8.5" range.
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 18/Apr/18
@Canson

I think it just depends on the player because I see relatively short guys for their positions get moderate listings. Like Chris Paul who measured 5'11.75" barefoot but listed 6'0".
Canson said on 16/Apr/18
@Christian: maybe the era and probably because of his position as a 3 and he was Big for a 3. That is surprising considering Magic is listed 6’9 and he’s 6’7 maybe strong 6’7” peak and Bird still 6’9”
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 12/Apr/18
I wonder why he was listed 6'9" when he played instead of 6'10" or 6'11". Most NBA heights are inflated.
Sal said on 18/Mar/18
I want to say that this is correct but there is a pic of him and Bill Russell and Russell looks an inch taller. Google Bill Russell and Larry Bird.
Canson said on 3/Mar/18
Definitely legit 6’9” peak. Today looks like he lost some
Height said on 23/Feb/18
A legit 207 cm in his prime.
Canson said on 25/Oct/17
@Junior: that looks right. His difference with Magic looked more pronounced during his career than today. Today looks maybe 1-1.5” in prime looked a solid 2” imho. But his back is in horrible shape. He doesn’t look much taller than PG you’re right. If it’s a solid 2 that’s about all I see too
Junior said on 24/Oct/17
@Canson

I think Bird can be anything 204-204.5cm now and probably at his peak measure 206cm in morning and drop to 205cm for a normal day. Bird at his best look 2cm taller than PG but not more. Assume PG could measure like 203.5cm early morning now and drop to 202.5cm or worst 202cm so Bird is assurd fractionally under 205cm. 1/2" is 1.252cm precisely i also not agree this little between them, i can see alot like 1.5cm and up to 2cm like 0.75".
Canson said on 14/Oct/17
@Junior: I agree with you PG has the long limbs which gives an appearance of being taller. He isn’t over 6’8” I can see now. But to be honest it wouldn’t surprise me if bird really only edges him by 1/2” or even very similar. The angle appears to favor Bird a bit after seeing it differently. I say that because Bird has likely lost height based on how he looks otherwise
Canson said on 13/Oct/17
@Junior: I’d have to see it with bird but to me PG looks taller than Lebron. I’d put him no less than a flat 6’8”. Which could signal growth if the measurements are in the morning a 6’7.75 measurement pre draft can mean 6’7.25ish maybe 6’7” at night which is likely why he was 6’8 listed when he came in the league. I know that Danny granger sort of acknowledged PG was 6’9” and he was 6’8” but I think those are shoe heights. Granger looks 6’7” barefoot
Junior said on 12/Oct/17
@Canson said on 14/Aug/17

Paul George was measure pre-draft at 6'7.75" without shoes at age 19. He maybe 6'8 now but 6'8.5 i don't see it, i see between 1.5cm to 2cm between Bird and PG in another saying PG did not grow any taller and still hold at 6'7.75" draft measurement and Bird is no way over 6'8.5" but at his hey days peak height 6'9 is fine.
Gonzalo said on 25/Sep/17
Former Spanish player Alberto Herreros, listed 1`99 or 2`00 during his career, said that he was surprised by how tall Larry Bird was. He was part of the Spanish national team that played versus the Dream Team in 1992. Herreros said that he thought Bird was around two meters and that in fact he was 2´06 or 2´07.
Here´s the article. It´s in Spanish
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Canson said on 18/Aug/17
@Rising: agreed about the daily height loss
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
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
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.

Click Here
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.
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?

Click Here

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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