HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

February 15, 2014 Updates

When asked who he would choose as teammates for a three-on-three game if he had to select one current player and one all-time great, Kevin Durant chose Dirk Nowitzki and Larry Bird. Durant then expressed admiration for Bird, the former Celtic great, saying he was one of his favorite players. “He does it all. Larry Bird, I like his trash talking, for one. He didn’t back down from nothing. He was the toughest guy I’ve ever watched.” Boston Globe

February 12, 2014 Updates

Then Steve Smith asks LeBron to name the NBA’s Mount Rushmore, which is not easy. “I would say obviously, the easy three, that we all talk about in our league is Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and you got Magic Johnson. And I would say my fourth… this is so tough, the greatest players of all time that I would like to see on Mount Rushmore… this is not fair. You know how many great players there is? “Oscar Robertson.” Then comes the question that will ignite hours of sports talk radio: When his career is over, will LeBron be up there? “Yes.” Why? “Because I’m going to be one of the top four to ever play this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots they better find another spot on that (mountain).” NBCSports.com

February 11, 2014 Updates

James, who has previously talked about being one of the greats of all time, was responding to a question during the interview when asked to name his personal Mount Rushmore, the four greatest players of all time. James' first three selections which he called the "easy three," were Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. He deliberated before taking Oscar Robertson as his fourth choice. ESPN.com

February 2, 2014 Updates

Bynum, who USA Today reported has agreed to a $1 million deal for the rest of the season, will return to Indianapolis early next week but will not be ready to play for several weeks. He was not made available for comment Saturday by the Pacers or his agent. "I ain't worrying about next year and I haven't all year," Bird said, when asked responding to a question about whether the Bynum addition was for the long term. "We're in the now and we're going to do whatever we can to go as far as we possibly can. We know there's going to be some tough competition but if we get a chance to improve our team, we're going to try to do that." Indianapolis Star

February 1, 2014 Updates

Bynum, who USA Today reported has agreed to a $1 million deal for the rest of the season, will return to Indianapolis early next week but will not be ready to play for several weeks. He was not made available for comment Saturday by the Pacers or his agent. "I ain't worrying about next year and I haven't all year," Bird said, when asked responding to a question about whether the Bynum addition was for the long term. "We're in the now and we're going to do whatever we can to go as far as we possibly can. We know there's going to be some tough competition but if we get a chance to improve our team, we're going to try to do that." Indianapolis Star

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Unofficially, Robertson is the career leader with 181. Johnson is credited with 138. Chamberlain had 78 (though that doesn’t include blocks), Larry Bird 69. Bird could care less. “I never looked at stats,” he said. “I always knew in my head about what every (statistic) was, but I never played for triple-doubles. I played to win. “A lot of guys get caught up in that; I mean, it’s selfish. When they get selfish, I don’t think a triple-double is worth a damn.” Indianapolis Star

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Scola knew that West wasn’t going anywhere. So when he arrived in Indianapolis after a trade sent Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and the 2014 first-round draft pick to Phoenix, Scola greeted Vogel with two questions – "What on Earth should he say to his childhood idol and new boss, Larry Bird? And secondly, ‘Am I going to play?’ ” Vogel recalled. Indianapolis Star

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson had one concern when he recently made a video campaigning for his inclusion in this season's NBA All-Star Game. "I was scared," Stephenson said, "about what Larry would say." "Larry" is Larry Bird, Pacers president and Hall of Fame forward. Bird was a 12-time All-Star, and it's safe to say he didn't have to stump for votes for any of his selections. Yahoo! Sports

The video has generated more than 320,000 views, including at least one from Bird, who didn't hesitate to give Stephenson his review. "He said, 'Hey, you did a good job. You should try being in a movie one day,' " Stephenson said. "He sent me a text and I was [relieved]." Yahoo! Sports

January 17, 2014 Updates

Stephenson's development has been fantastic. Pacers President Larry Bird gets credit for taking a chance on him with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 draft, and Pacers coach Frank Vogel deserves credit for helping him become a valuable player. He has turned into a fan favorite in Indiana. "He entertains. He plays solid basketball with a little flair, a little pizazz," Vogel said. "But it's winning basketball. These fans love a winner, but they love to be entertained. It's a special relationship. It's really a bond. They've really embraced him." USA Today Sports

But what’s wrong with ensuring he doesn’t end up in Miami, where the sleeping giant might awaken when presented a chance to compete for a title? Call it a nice side benefit. “That’s all rumor,’’ Larry Bird told The Indianapolis Star’s Candace Buckner when asked about Bynum. “But I’m going to do what I think is going to make us better. I live this. The moves I make might be the wrong moves, but whoever it is, if I think it’s going to make us better, I’ll bring him in. That’s what I get paid to do.’’ Indianapolis Star

This is as strong-minded and as close-knit a group as there is in the NBA, much like the Heat. If Bynum has any interest in resurrecting his career and his reputation, he’ll come in here, happily play behind Roy Hibbert and give the Pacers 12-15 quality minutes at center. “…I don’t think on this team, if we brought somebody in here, they wouldn’t let a guy come in and disrupt us,’’ Bird said. “I don’t think it would happen. But if we ever did bring a guy in here and (he) disrupted (the team), I’d say, ‘Get rid of him.’ But you can always get better.’’ Indianapolis Star

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