Before the emergence of LeBron James, it was Larry Bird who was considered to be the greatest small forward in NBA history. Though much of the latter portion of his 14-year NBA career was cut short due to back issues that got progressively worse, Bird was named to 12 All-Star teams, and won the NBA’s MVP award three years in a row, between 1984 through 1986.
After his playing days were over, Bird joined the Boston Celtics’ front office as a special assistant, before trying his hand at coaching the Indiana Pacers, starting in 1998. He resigned after only a couple of seasons, but joined the team in a front office role. He’s remained in that role as of today, albeit with a couple of short sabbaticals during said tenure.