HoopsHype Larry Bird rumors

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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In a lengthy Deadspin excerpt from his forthcoming book on the 1990-91 Boston Celtics, famed sportswriter and Basketball Hall of Famer Jack McCallum detailed the travails of a Celtics team moving uneasily into middle age. The group would go on to win 56 games that season with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish still playing All-Star level ball, but the team was a few years removed from working as a championship contender, as teams from Detroit, Portland and Chicago had eclipsed the C’s, with even their rival Los Angeles Lakers managing to make it to their last Finals appearance of Magic Johnson’s career that spring. Yahoo! Sports

Bird was also dealing with a painful back injury that limited his effectiveness, one that forced him into paying attention to his fighting trim for the first time in his career. In the excerpt, McCallum details the 34-year old Bird’s battle with the bulge, in the wake of missing nearly the entire 1988-89 season with Achilles’ issues. "I think I wanna be active," said Bird. "What I might do, though, is git in shape, git outta shape, then git in shape again. I won't do it like I used to, though. It's gittin' tougher. Three years ago I could lose fifteen pounds like nuthin'. Now? I don't know if I could." He had put on a few pounds when he was out of action, but he wasn't sure how many. "I was so bored, I'd set around the house, drive my wife crazy, and eat and eat. In two and a half weeks I was off I ate ten gallons of ice cream and seven weddin' cakes. Why them? I ate weddin' cakes 'cause you knew they was gonna be good. I mean, who would [eff] up a weddin' cake?" Yahoo! Sports

January 9, 2014 Updates

Local TV ratings are up even more. They've improved 141 percent from last season, the highest percentage jump in the NBA, according to figures supplied by Fox Sports Midwest. The team's ratings in November and December were the best since the 2004 season, and their home game against the Heat in December at a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse drew the team's highest rating in more than a decade. This has not been an overnight success. It took years of patient building by team president Larry Bird, perhaps the one man in Indiana who could absorb the high-volume criticism and insult -- or, perhaps, the one man who could be spared the full force of their impact -- that came with the Pacers' painful process. Considering their market and draft position over the years, the Pacers qualify as a minor basketball miracle. SB Nation

January 4, 2014 Updates

But while he would still side with Bird above Nowitzki among the best of all time, Rivers does have the utmost respect for the Mavericks’ future hall of famer. “He changed the game,” Rivers said. “It’s like Magic ruined the league for 10 years because every 7-footer wanted to be a point guard. Dirk’s right up there.” Dallas Morning News

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