Larry Bird’s Unheard Billion Dollar Battle With Donald Trump That Happened in the Celtics Legend’s Backyard

Larry Bird’s Unheard Billion Dollar Battle With Donald Trump That Happened in the Celtics Legend’s Backyard

Larry Bird retired as a Celtics legend. After his retirement, Bird became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 1997. Three years later in 2000, Bird stepped down as the head coach, though in 2003 he was hired as head of Pacers basketball operations. Larry’s residence was in a town in Indiana.

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French Lick, a county in Indiana was once Las Vegas of the Midwest. In the early 2000s, Donald Trump looked into buying a spot of land in French Lick county. Though little did he know, his competitor for the bidding would be Larry Legend.

This spot of land was sitting between two massive hotels, one spanning as large as 2,600 acres. This land could be used to build a casino that would generate approximately $60 million in gaming revenues, as reported by CNN. Though this was not an easy task, as it would require great inventory. This $50 million project included a 50,000 square foot casino with 1,200 slot machines and a museum highlighting Bird’s career.

But Trump did not back down. Trump Hotels and Casino resorts planned to buy West Baden Springs Hotel and add inventory similar to Bird’s. Though Trump knew for a fact that even after these acquisitions and investment in inventory, Larry had an advantage in French Lick.

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