Tug Coker always wanted to be Larry Bird — and now he is, just not in the way he expected. When the high school hoops star from Northern Virginia washed out quickly as a college player, he gravitated to theater. Now he’s starring as Larry Bird in Broadway’s “Magic/Bird.” Coker is four inches shorter and, face it, much more handsome than Bird, we learn in a fascinating profile by our colleague Preston Williams. (More here on his high school and college playing career.) Biggest challenge: Having to sink baskets onstage while his boyhood hero watches from the audience.
By 03:47 PM ET, 04/21/2012
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