HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

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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It would take X-ray vision to recognize most of Bird's acts of charity. He prefers an under-the-table approach – or on-the-table, when necessary. He tries to keep it quiet. No press releases, no press conferences, no speeches, nothing ... unless there's a benefit to that as well. That's why Bird participated in One Legendary Night Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Masquerade's annual fund-raising banquet for the Simon Youth Foundation and Pacers Foundation. He might have preferred to stay home with his family, but duty called. “I don't necessarily like to get up and speak,” he said beforehand. “But tonight I'm going to get up and talk about Bill Walton, and that's going to be fun,” he added, laughing. NBA.com

October 23, 2014 Updates

While that dinner included countless laughs and plenty of reminiscing, there's one reunion that will have to wait. Stephenson has not communicated with his former mentor, Bird, since leaving for Charlotte. "There ain't no hard feelings. That's my guy, but I haven't talked to him," said Stephenson, who expects to see Bird on Nov. 19 when he returns to Indiana for the first time as a Hornet. Definitely," Stephenson said. "I'm going to speak to him." Indianapolis Star

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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