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The Pacers also will have far less money on the books in the coming years, when Stephenson could have potentially renegotiated. At the time, though, the numbers didn't add up for Ebanks and Stephenson. Truth be told, they still don't. "I really feel bad about losing him,'' Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But I did what I could possibly do to keep him here. Even if he didn't have any other offers, I was committed to giving him that $44 million because I believe in the kid. If you look at our roster, we have five or six guys in the last year of their deals, plus David (West) and Roy (Hibbert) can opt out, so don't you think I wanted to keep Lance and Paul (George) locked into long-term deals?'' USA Today Sports

Bird could stomach this if Stephenson had left for much greener pastures, a lot more cash. But the argument can be made that he left for a worse deal. "It's just disappointing,'' Bird said. "When I'd go to practices, when he was on, he was by far our best player. And he worked. If you work as hard as he does, you're going to get better. I'm going to miss the kid, no question. And he's growing up. That stuff he pulled in the playoffs, that was out of the blue. But I knew how good Lance was and the value he brought to our team.'' USA Today Sports

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Your shooting ability is what makes you stand out. Have you worked out for one of the greatest shooters in the history of the game, Larry Bird? Damjan Rudez: “I had one work out before I signed for Indiana when I was there. Larry Bird was also there in the gym among 20 other people of the club watching my work out. I think I did pretty well because after all they did call me back and they did offer me a contract. So, I think I had a really good practice. I guess he was satisfied with what he saw”. EuroHoops.net

June 13, 2014 Updates

Standing inside the Celtics' training facility on Thursday, Bird's retired No. 33 jersey staring down at him from above, McDermott sheepishly smiled when the topic of the SI cover was brought up. "I thought they were crazy," said McDermott, the nation's leading scorer last season, who leapfrogged many, including Bird, on the NCAA scoring list and now sits fifth all-time after putting up 3,150 total points. "I didn’t want to disrespect Larry like that. But I think it was a cool idea just to show some people that were around in that time, maybe, just a flash from the past. I’m glad that I was the one chosen to be able to do that, but obviously there’s never going to be another Larry Bird. It’s cool to kind of have a tribute to him with that cover." ESPN.com

June 12, 2014 Updates

Baxter Holmes: Doug McDermott on SI's idea to duplicate famous Larry Bird cover: "I thought they were crazy. I didn’t want to disrespect Larry like that. I’m glad that I was the one chosen to be able to do that, but obviously there’s never going to be another Larry Bird." Twitter @BaxterHolmes

June 4, 2014 Updates

Bird and coach Frank Vogel both talked Monday about considering trades, and Bird even suggested he might make a move to get back into the first round. He traded the Pacers' top pick to Phoenix last summer for Luis Scola. But they expect most of the changes to come from the roster that already exists. "I think with internal growth we can, but we're going to look at all the external possibilities as well," Vogel said. "We're going to try and make sure we grow this team in the right direction. We've gone from the first round (in 2011) to the second round (in 2012) to the third round the last two years and now we've got to take that next step next year." USA Today Sports

June 3, 2014 Updates

"Roy's never asked us to go bring someone in," Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, said. "I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that." ESPN.com

Bird said he's not sure what's to blame for Hibbert's inconsistent play. He said he talked to Hibbert briefly a number of times during the season and the center would ask him, "What do you see?" "When Roy loses his confidence, he struggles at times," Bird said. "I hope he can come back strong. I hope he can do the things necessary to get better." Bird said he hasn't talked to Hibbert about his summer plans yet but believes Hibbert is willing to do what it takes to improve for next season. "I think Roy is open to about anything, anything that he thinks would make himself a better basketball player," he said. ESPN.com

June 2, 2014 Updates

Candace Buckner: Bird disappointed in Lance's antics taking away from Game 5 victory. Believes he needs to mature and when that happens, sky's the limit Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

Candace Buckner: Bird: "I don't really know if (coming off the bench) hurt (Evan)." But he loved his game, wherever he's at next year he'll avg 17 ppg Twitter @CandaceDBuckner

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