HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

October 9, 2014 Updates

Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and David Stern are all names synonymous with the NBA’s rise in popularity during the 1980s. But there were, of course, key personnel in the league office building the foundation for success in the decades to come. Terry Lyons was one of those individuals. In fact, he filled some of the most important roles behind the scenes. ““Terry Lyons’ enormous contributions to our media relations efforts for almost three decades have been a key driver to our growth, domestically and internationally,” Stern was quoted as saying in a statement posted on Lyons’ website. ” He has grown up with the NBA and the NBA has grown up with him. Terry has traveled the world on behalf of the NBA and Team USA, spreading the basketball gospel. He has worked arduously to enhance international media coverage of our teams and our games and he has made the NBA office a welcoming center for the global basketball community and international media. We will miss him greatly, and wish him continued professional success and much personal happiness.” Ed Odeven Reporting

September 13, 2014 Updates

Bird released a strongly worded statement later in the morning, saying the team spoke to George about his remarks. "Paul George's tweets from earlier were thoughtless and without regard to the subject of domestic violence and its seriousness in society," Bird's statement read. "We have talked to Paul to strongly express our displeasure and made it clear that the NBA and the Pacers' organization will not condone or tolerate remarks of this nature. Paul understands that he was wrong and why his tweets were so inappropriate and is very apologetic." ESPN.com

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When Roland Lazenby — author of the new biography “Michael Jordan: The Life” and numerous other sports books — came to the Varsity Letters sports reading series in New York this summer, one intrepid Wizards fan hazarded a question. Lazenby had just wrapped up what largely came across as a defense of Michael Jordan, the person, who — since the end of the era of “Space Jam,” the McDonald’s commercial with Larry Bird, and “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes” — has seen less than favorable coverage. “What do you make of Jordan’s time with the Wizards?” the Wizards fan asked, momentarily giving the underground bar where Lazenby spoke the same sort of hushed anticipation as a Thanksgiving dinner where someone mentions Uncle Larry’s affair, or the Cheever Letters, or whatever family secret no one’s brave enough to mention without being more than a few Scotches or eggnogs in. Washington Post

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Besides being surrounded by his entire family — which includes two older sisters — USA men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski made a return visit, as did Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard who walked out of the hospital with a group that included George's agent as well as a Nike representative. "He was overwhelmed with everybody reaching out to him. I think that takes away some of the pain when you know that people care for you," George, Sr. said. "Larry Bird's been calling … Larry's been calling left and right, (asking,) 'How is he? Do I need to come out there?' " Indianapolis Star

August 2, 2014 Updates

The Pacers' initial statement Saturday morning made it clear that they are focused on George, not on why the injury happened or whether it could've been prevented. "There is no question about the impact on our team but our goal is to be as strong-willed and determined as Paul will be in coming back," Pacers president Larry Bird said in the statement. "Our franchise has had setbacks in its history but has demonstrated the abilities to recover. Paul will provide the example of that off the court and it is up to the rest of us to provide that example on the court. Any discussion regarding the future of our team would be inappropriate at this time. Our focus is solely on Paul and doing whatever we can to help. ESPN.com

According to CBA expert Larry Coon's comprehensive FAQ, the Pacers would have 45 days to acquire a replacement player. Last season, the NBA approved a disabled player exception for the Brooklyn Nets, who lost center Brook Lopez to a season-ending injury, and Atlanta Hawks, who lost forward-center Al Horford to a season-ending injury. The New Orleans Pelicans also were granted a disabled player exception for forward Ryan Anderson, who sustained a back injury in January last season. USA Today Sports

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The Pacers also will have far less money on the books in the coming years, when Stephenson could have potentially renegotiated. At the time, though, the numbers didn't add up for Ebanks and Stephenson. Truth be told, they still don't. "I really feel bad about losing him,'' Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?'' USA Today Sports

Bird could stomach this if Stephenson had left for much greener pastures, a lot more cash. But the argument can be made that he left for a worse deal. "It's just disappointing,'' Bird said. "When I'd go to practices, when he was on, he was by far our best player. And he worked. If you work as hard as he does, you're going to get better. I'm going to miss the kid, no question. And he's growing up. That stuff he pulled in the playoffs, that was out of the blue. But I knew how good Lance was and the value he brought to our team.'' USA Today Sports

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Your shooting ability is what makes you stand out. Have you worked out for one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game, Larry Bird? Damjan Rudez: “I had one work out before I signed for Indiana when I was there. Larry Bird was also there in the gym among 20 other people of the club watching my work out. I think I did pretty well because after all they did call me back and they did offer me a contract. So, I think I had a really good practice. I guess he was satisfied with what he saw”. EuroHoops.net

June 13, 2014 Updates

Standing inside the Celtics' training facility on Thursday, Bird's retired No. 33 jersey staring down at him from above, McDermott sheepishly smiled when the topic of the SI cover was brought up. "I thought they were crazy," said McDermott, the nation's leading scorer last season, who leapfrogged many, including Bird, on the NCAA scoring list and now sits fifth all-time after putting up 3,150 total points. "I didn’t want to disrespect Larry like that. But I think it was a cool idea just to show some people that were around in that time, maybe, just a flash from the past. I’m glad that I was the one chosen to be able to do that, but obviously there’s never going to be another Larry Bird. It’s cool to kind of have a tribute to him with that cover." ESPN.com

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