The basketball court of the famous Larry Bird is a legend in Indiana and a mural painted on the side of a multi-family residence has a three-time NBA Champion crying foul.
The mural, created by artist Jules Mack, is a replica of the appearance of Bird on the cover of Sports Illustrated since 1977. It is in the T-shirt of Indiana, where he plays college basketball. While Bird appreciates the murals, he is not a fan of the tattoos the artist paints on his body.
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Bird "must protect" his brand and "no" I don't want to be seen as a tattooed man, says Gary Saleh, a former lawyer for a former lawyer director of Indiana Piers.
Mack said he was trying to be funny. She said she would remove most of the tattoos, which include two rabbits mating on his right hand and a Ball State Cardinals logo on his face.
She told the Indianapolis Star that the Indiana tattoo across his left arm would remain.  Bird was born in Indiana and was known throughout his career as "French Lick's Hick." He played with the Boston Celtics for 13 seasons and was an All-Star in 12 of those seasons.
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It was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.