Hours after an Indiana House vote paved the way for the controversial bill, a prominent former athlete and openly gay man has taken to Twitter to question the bill’s effects. Jason Collins: .@GovPenceIN, is it going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour? http://news.yahoo.com/indiana-house-passes-controversial-religious-freedom-bill-210228540.html …
Stevens has never even discussed returning to college coaching, and NBA sources said he is totally invested in the Celtics. He wants to restore the organization to a contender and also has four more years on his contract. The organization made a sizable investment in his talents. “I know he enjoys the hell out of the Celtics,” Dakich said. “I know he enjoys the challenge that is the NBA. I know that. We’ve talked about that. That’s not media [talk]. I’m not going to say that ultimately the Indiana job wouldn’t appeal to him, but I’m saying I honestly don’t think people think, ‘Of course he would come back.’ “I bet you Brad probably thought about it when he was at Butler, but I would venture a guess he hasn’t given that two thoughts since he’s been with the Celtics. I would bet my life on it.”
Dan Dakich, a former IU player, assistant, and head coach, is a colleague of Stevens’s and a close follower of the Indiana program. He said there are many alumni who would love Stevens to return home. “I get asked all the time, ‘Hey, who would you hire?’ ” said Dakich, a college basketball analyst who hosts a radio show in Indianapolis. “I said before the question even finishes, I’d hire Brad Stevens and [Virginia Commonwealth coach] Shaka Smart. I don’t care if it’s the Celtics. I don’t care if it’s the Lakers. I don’t care if it’s Duke. I don’t care if it’s Indiana. I don’t care if it’s to be my accountant. They’re so smart. They’re so good with people and they just have a way of relating. I can’t imagine that any major [college] job is going to open up and they’re not going to get a call.”
Former Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum, sitting in the boarding area for a flight to Indianapolis on Friday afternoon at Cleveland Hopkins airport, told The Plain Dealer he had not signed with any other team yet. He politely declined a request to discuss what happened between him and the Cavs and said he had no opinion on what is wrong with the struggling team. “I haven’t been following it,” he said. Bynum has maintained his residence in Westlake since being suspended by the Cavs on Dec. 28 for conduct detrimental. He was eventually traded to the Chicago Bulls as part of the Luol Deng deal and waived.
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A 15-foot-tall bronze statue of Larry Bird has been erected at Indiana State University more than three decades after the basketball great led the school to a national championship game. The 1,900-pound statue, tethered to steel cables, was lowered into place with a crane Monday outside the Terre Haute campus’ Hulman Center while sculptor Bill Wolfe and others watched.