Who is Dinah Mattingly?
Dinah Mattingly was born on 16 November 1943, in the United States of America, and is best known as the wife of former professional basketball player Larry Bird, who had an outstanding career with the National Basketball Association (NBA) team, the Boston Celtics. He is considered as one of the greatest basketball players, particularly shooters of all time.
The Net Worth of Dinah Mattingly
How rich is Dinah Mattingly? As of early-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has also been elevated by the success of her husband, as he has a net worth estimated at $55 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Life and Relationship
There is almost no information available about Dinah’s life before Bird. Nothing is known about her childhood, her family, and even details about her career have never been shared publicly. According to several sources, after matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Indiana State University, and it was during this time that she met Larry Bird.
However, they did not start their relationship then, but were more friends, and Bird later married Janet Condra and they had a child together. However, that marriage was short lived as in less than two years, the couple had split-up leading to a divorce. The reason for their divorce was never specified, but soon afterwards he started dating Dinah, and they married in 1989. Their marriage a private ceremony; they didn’t have any children of their own, but adopted two children.
Husband – Larry Bird
Larry was selected during the 1978 NBA Draft as the sixth overall pick by the Boston Celtics, joining center Robert Parish and power forward Kevin McHale. He played as a small forward, becoming a part of one of the strongest frontcourts, and subsequently played his entire professional career in Boston, including being a 12-time NBA All-Star. He was also named the league’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in three consecutive years from 1984 to 1986.
With the Celtics, he won three NBA championships and got two NBA Finals MVP awards during that span. He was a member of the US national team dubbed “The Dream team” which won the 1992 Summer Olympics. After retiring from a playing career, he served as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. Three years later, he then became the President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, serving in that capacity until 2012 when he announced his retirement, however, a year later he returned to the position, and still holds it today. He is the only person in the NBA to be named Rookie of the Year, Regular Season MVP, All-Star MVP, Finals MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.
The couple retained their privacy for most of their life despite Larry’s success, with Dinah along with their family remaining mostly out of the spotlight, although she attended most games that her played in. In 2014, an online website started reporting that Bird was having an affair, as he was seen with a mystery woman who had one hand on his knee during a basketball game. While the issue caused a bit of a stir, it was later revealed that the woman in question was their adopted daughter, Mariah Bird.
Their adopted son on the other hand was arrested and imprisoned when he was 22 years old, charged with attempted murder. According to reports, he was seen driving his car at his ex-girlfriend on the Indiana University campus. He pleaded guilty to some charges which led to a shortened sentence, with some charges dropped; both Bird and Mattingly refused to comment on the issue. There are also reports going around that Larry has an illegitimate daughter from his playing days. According to reports, there was an unidentified woman who was talking to Celtics players in a nightclub in Miami and she went around stating that she was an illegitimate child of Bird. However, with the lack of evidence, the rumor was soon pushed away.
Dinah Mattingly on Social Media
One of the reasons why there is very little information about Dinah is due to the lack of any online presence. She does not have accounts on any of the major social media websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For this reason, details about her past and present are scarce.
There are a few photos of her circulating, mostly taken while she watches basketball games alongside her husband. Being a basketball executive, her husband is very active when it comes to the media, but like her, he does not have any on-line social media presence. The couple look to maintain their privacy especially in light of the media wanting to look into any rumoured controversy for such a high profile personality. Even their children have maintained a semblance of life out of the spotlight, save for the arrest issue of their son had a few years ago. No details have been shared about the current endeavors of their children as well.