10 NBA Stars With The Toughest Childhoods

Larry Bird has always acknowledged that escaping a life of poverty is a major factor that motivated him in becoming a basketball legend. Growing up in a small farming town of West Baden Indiana, his father mainly worked construction between long stints of unemployment, and his mother worked in a diner to make ends meet. Bird was even sent away to live with his grandmother because of financial difficulties. As bad as it may seem, it pails in comparison to Bird’s experience of his father commiting suicide when he was in high school.

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