HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

April 13, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: “I back Frank (Vogel) 100 percent.” - Larry Bird to @DaveFurst. Said there were some things he went to him about early in the yr to clean up Twitter @ScottAgness

April 10, 2014 Updates

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird’s 22-year-old son, Connor Bird, pled guilty to criminal recklessness Wednesday for a 2013 incident in which he allegedly tried to run over his ex-girlfriend with his car. Bird was busted last February at Indiana University after police said he threw a cell phone at his then girlfriend and then tried to run her over in a campus parking lot, according to multiple reports Toronto Sun

April 9, 2014 Updates

Larry Bird's 22-year-old son has plead guilty to criminal recklessness -- stemming from a 2013 incident in which he allegedly tried to run over his GF with his car ... TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Connor Bird was busted on the campus of Indiana University last February after cops say he threw a cell phone at his GF and then tried to run her down in a campus parking lot. TMZ.com

Bird was initially facing several charges, including battery and possession of marijuana -- but we've learned he struck a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to toss 2 of the charges if he plead guilty to criminal recklessness. As part of the deal, Bird has agreed to participate in a sober-living program -- where he will be monitored by a sober mentor -- and must stay out of trouble for 12 months. If Bird violates the terms of the deal, he could face serious jail time. TMZ.com

April 6, 2014 Updates

Oakley has an interesting theory. He believes in order to globalize the league, ex-commissioner David Stern had to change the rules to make the NBA more inviting for European players. While the rule changes to increase scoring were effective, they made the league less physical. “When we played in the ’80s, it wasn’t OK [for European players to play in the NBA],” Oakley said. “They weren’t coming over here. They were scared. The game was tough and they weren’t tough. Back then it was 1 percent and now it’s 40 percent and it’s going to keep going up. The dollar is international now. I don’t like 7-footers shooting threes, it’s a disrespect to the game for me. Dirk [Nowitzki] is good, point blank. [Larry] Bird got away with it. A few guys can get away with it because they can flat-out shoot.” Boston Globe

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Bird, who is currently not in Indianapolis, described the "last-minute" deal that manifested only when Philadelphia called the team with Turner on the table. When the 76ers could not get a first-round pick for Turner – a 25-year-old swingman who can play the point guard through the small forward positions – the team reached out around 2:30 p.m., 30 minutes before the conclusion of the NBA trade deadline. "What we try to do is go through the league two to three times early in the season. When I left, I told Kevin (Pritchard) to make one more run through the league and see what's there," Bird said, recalling his instructions given to the team's general manager. "(Pritchard) was talking to a couple teams about other things that are really nothing but then Philly called. "I guess they figured they weren't going to get a first-round (pick) for Evan and they wanted to move him and we were there and we took it. I had to think about it for a while but decided to do it (and) move on." USA Today Sports

February 20, 2014 Updates

Of course, somebodies like Paul aren't falling off trees -- or all teams would have one. Consider that George has rated first overall in Defensive Win Shares for two straight seasons while ranking in the top 10 in steals per game for three. Meanwhile, among those who play at least 30 minutes a game, he ranks second in opponent field goal percentage at the rim, barely behind Hibbert. "I don't know if I've ever seen anyone Paul's size defend like he does," says Bird, a man hardly prone to hyperbole. "It's unbelievable." ESPN.com

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

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