HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

December 28, 2013 Updates

In the first quarter of the Miami Heat’s Friday game against the Sacramento Kings, LeBron James took over sole possession of 30th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, surpassing Larry Bird with this dunk: Later in the Heat’s 108-103 overtime loss to the Kings, James passed Gary Payton for 29th in NBA history, upping his total to 21,819. Next up for the four-time MVP is Clyde Drexler, who had 22,195. For The Win

December 21, 2013 Updates
December 15, 2013 Updates

Larry Bird on Lance Stephenson: I don't know what's going to happen this summer. We want to keep him and he wants to be here. This is the best environment for him. We will make him a great offer, an offer that I think is very fair. If you look at our books, how does anyone know what's going to happen in the summer. How do they know we're not going to make trades or have more money or less money. We will try to sign Lance, but I don't worry about it. If Lance is not here, we'll get somebody else. NBA.com

David West has been such an obvious influence on this team, in the locker room and on the court. What did you tell him to convince him to come here? Because he could have gone to Boston for more money. Larry Bird: Years ago, Donnie told me you're going to be sitting here one of these days and somebody's going to call, either for a trade or a free agent, and they're going to want to be here. We talked to David's agent, but we didn't spend a lot of time on it because we were looking at other players. One day I was sitting here and got a call from his agent and he said, 'Hey, why aren't you guys going after David a little harder? Because he wants to be there.' I said, 'We're talking about it every day, but I'm very concerned because he's coming off a significant (knee) injury.' He goes, 'We'll do whatever to show you that he's ready to play. He hasn't played a lot of basketball. But we feel he's ready to go.' NBA.com

Larry Bird: Roy was awkward growing up. Paul George wasn't highly recruited until the end of his senior year. It seems like that all works to your advantage now, because there's a lack of ego. It goes to show you that hard work does pay off. I can remember watching Roy as a sophomore in college. I also knew Roy as a junior. If he had come out, he probably would have been a top 12 pick. And then he had a better senior year. Why is he No. 17 all of a sudden? I remember talking to his agent and telling him, if Roy's there at 17 I'm taking him. He goes, I'll get Roy there. If you take him, I'll get him there. How does an agent do that? Just tell other teams not to take him. But he told me the day of the draft, 'OK, he will be there at 17.' I said, 'I'm taking him.' NBA.com

December 13, 2013 Updates
December 8, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that his four dream teammates for a pickup game would be Magic Johnson,Larry Bird, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Interesting that Bryant omitted former Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan. But Jordan excluded Bryant on his list, picking Johnson, Scottie Pippen, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon for his team. Newsday

That whole thing was being at the forefront — and in the middle — of a globalization that has transformed the sport. In 1989, he helped persuade Marciulionis to sign with the Golden State team his dad coached. Eastern Europeans Drazen Petrovic, Vlade Divac, Toni Kukoc and others also came to the NBA about the same time the Berlin Wall fell. “I grew up shagging balls for the old Celtics, so I knew what an NBA player looked, breathed and smelled like,” Nelson said. “So I would come back and say, ‘Hey, Dad, there’s a Larry Bird over there, only this guy is 7-4.’ When you’re over there and actually locking horns with them, you realize these guys belong.” That 7-4 Larry Bird to whom Nelson referred was former Soviet and EuroLeague superstar Arvydas Sabonis. He was drafted by Portland in 1986 but didn’t arrive in the NBA until nearly a decade later after foot injuries had robbed him of his mobility. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 3, 2013 Updates

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

November 22, 2013 Updates

Bird spent no time settling in. He signed three free agents — three-point shooter Chris Copeland, and backup and No. 3 point-guards, C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan. Bird re-signed West and traded spare parts Miles Plumlee and Gerald Green along with the Pacers' lottery-protected 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix for power forward Luis Scola. "Once I took the job and got back, the first guy I wanted was C.J. Watson, but Scola's the guy," Bird said. "I wanted him for a couple years. I was very reluctant to trade a first-round pick but if we've got the team I think we have, that one extra guy can make a major difference." USA Today Sports

November 13, 2013 Updates
November 9, 2013 Updates

A 15-foot-tall bronze statue of Larry Bird has been erected at Indiana State University more than three decades after the basketball great led the school to a national championship game. The 1,900-pound statue, tethered to steel cables, was lowered into place with a crane Monday outside the Terre Haute campus’ Hulman Center while sculptor Bill Wolfe and others watched. Indianapolis Star

Wolfe asked the crane operator to swivel the statue as it was being positioned onto a concrete base because he wanted Bird’s eyes to line up with an adjacent intersection to ensure that he was in perfect shooting form. “The body, the figure, looked like it was set right, but once we took the cover off of the face, we could see that he (Bird) was looking off to the right too much, so we had to swivel him more to the left,” he told The Tribune-Star. Indianapolis Star

October 29, 2013 Updates
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When people think about the killer instinct, they always think of MJ and Kobe. Do people underestimate your killer instinct? People say you have it but not like those two. Do you think you have it like they do? Ahh. I'll just put it this way, man. There are different ways to hunt. I watch the Discovery Channel all the time, and you look at all these animals in the wild. And they all hunt a different way to feed their families. They all kill a different way. Lions do it strategically -- two females will lead, and then everybody else will come in. Hyenas will just go for it. There are different ways to kill, and I don't think people understand that. Everybody wants everybody to kill the same way. Everybody wants everybody to kill like MJ or kill like Kobe. Magic didn't kill the way they killed. Does that mean he didn't have a killer instinct? Kareem didn't either. But does that mean Kareem didn't have a killer instinct? The same with Bird. That doesn't mean you don't have a killer instinct. Tim Duncan don't kill like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, but I've played against Tim Duncan twice in the Finals and I know for sure he's got a killer instinct. So there are different ways to kill. ESPN.com

October 9, 2013 Updates

The three-time NBA Most Valuable Player graced a 15-minute press conference with the Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday, discussing various topics while humorously and intelligently answering queries from the press. Asked which between being a player and being a team executive comes with more pressure, the former Boston Celtics star amused media members with his witty remarks. "Pressure? I don't know what that pressure is," said Bird, drawing laughter from the crowd. "Obviously you've never seen me play.” philstar.com

He still thinks Miami is the team to beat. "It's not easy out there. Chicago got Derrick (Rose) back from surgery. The Brooklyn nets and New York Knicks and of course Miami Heat. It's a challenge, no question about it. If a team gets lucky and stays healthy and plays together, everyone has a chance," said Bird "Right now, Miami is the best team. They won two in a row and until somebody beats them, they are still the best team," he added. philstar.com

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