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There’s a poster showing each of Bird’s uniforms _ Spring Valley High School, Indiana State, the Boston Celtics, the U.S. Dream Team and a tie representing his current executive’s job with the Pacers.

“You walk around anywhere on this campus, even classrooms, and you see a picture of him,” Kelly said.

All these guys can do is try to give fans a picture of the new Indiana State.

Yes, they understand the fascination with Bird more than three decades later, and they have learned to live with it. They just want to leave their own image on campus.

“It’s a huge shadow and it won’t ever go away,” Carter said. “Everywhere you go on the road, people look at us and say, ‘That’s where Larry Bird played.’ You have to embrace it. Hey, we’re not Larry Bird but it has been fun.”