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April 17, 2015 Updates

When asked about Hibbert's reaction to comments made by Bird and Vogel, Hibbert's agent, David Falk, replied with an e-mail to The Indianapolis Star: "We will respond at the appropriate time." Falk suggested his client would take his time to choose to opt-in for the final year of his contract. "We will decide that in late June," Falk wrote in an e-mail. If Hibbert decides to stick with the Pacers, he will get paid more than $15 million for the 2015-16 season. That number provides plenty of reasons to weather any ignominy as a backup center. However, the Pacers have been turning away from Hibbert for a while now. Indianapolis Star

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Larry Bird on Paul George: "It was a rough go at the beginning, which we knew it was going to be. He (isn’t) going to be Paul George, 100 percent. We know that. But I think mentally he wants to get out there, play a few games and get ready to see what he needs to do this summer to get back to 100 percent -- and he will. "I expect him to play this year. I hope he does for his own good -- not for us to get in the playoffs or anything like that, but just for his own mental state. I think anytime you go through an injury like that, you have to get back out there and prove yourself. But he’s not going to be 100 percent." Twitter

March 14, 2015 Updates

Here's Carlisle: "This is a story no one has ever heard, but the last time Larry played basketball was, I believe, the 2000 season. He and I and a couple of the older veteran guys on our team with Indiana took on four of the younger guys. Best 2-of-3, halfcourt game of 4 on 4. "Larry hit the game-winning shot in the third game to give us the win. And what we did" – Carlisle pauses and laughs at the recollection – "he fell on the floor in exultation, and we’re piling on him. It was great. "The young guys were just shaking their heads, like, 'look at these old fools.' "It was a vintage Bird shot, too. Step back, high arc, all net. The same stuff that he had that night [against] Atlanta." Boston Globe

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Now, a 49-point-triple-double performance is rare. How rare? It hasn’t been done since Larry Bird was still playing. You wanna know what’s even rarer? The fact that it was Westbrook’s fourth straight triple-double– a feat that hasn’t been completed since Michael Jordan in 1989. For The Win

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Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver is in the midst of a historic shooting season. He has made 51.2 of his field goal attempts, 52.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, and 91.1 percent of his free throws. It was little surprise, then, to hear that former Celtics star Larry Bird was one of Korver’s idols as a child. But Korver said he admired Bird for much more than his shooting stroke. “Everyone talks about his shooting, but I just loved how he played,” Korver said. “Like, his IQ was so high. No one thinks of him as this big athlete, but he was getting steals and he made plays at the right time. And he’d get rebounds. “I loved how he played, not just how he shot. He’s just one of the best, like a savvy, get-it-done kind of player.” Boston Globe

February 10, 2015 Updates

Kerr still can't believe how fast things have come together with the Warriors. After all, he worked as a broadcaster during All-Star weekend the last four years. Now he'll be the game's first rookie coach since Indiana's Larry Bird in 1998, and he's hoping it's the first of many more appearances. "My goal is to someday become Phil Jackson and complain about having to coach the All-Star game," Kerr said, chuckling. "But I'm not there yet." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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December 16, 2014 Updates

Several deciding factors would determine the Pacers' interest in Stephenson, said Simon, and a huge consideration would be chemistry. "First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that. "We have the best basketball minds in Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard and they're working on it every minute of every day. So, something will happen." Indianapolis Star

December 1, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: As for Kobe's triple-double with at least 30, 10 and 10 at age 36 ... Larry Legend was the previous oldest to pull that off in 1992 at 35 Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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