By all accounts, Bird’s decision to step aside has no impact on how George sees the Pacers situation. He has the utmost respect for Larry Legend, who was known to be looking to spend more time with his wife and family and will now serve as a consultant for the organization. But he knows that Pritchard is a widely respected front office talent too, having worked wonders as the lead basketball executive with the Portland Trailblazers before joining Bird in July of 2011.
April 20, 2018 | 6:57 pm EDT Update
A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he is ‘built for’ postseason basketball. “I feel like I’m one of the most physical players in the league – I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free-throw line,” Embiid said on Friday after scoring 23 points in the Sixers’ Game 3 win over the Miami Heat a night earlier.
Embiid felt ‘sore’ on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. “I need about five massages today. It hurts,” Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. “But it’s the NBA. I’m trying to get back in the groove.”
Michael Grange: Raptors are holding out Fred VanVleet in Game 3 to give his shoulder more time, says Casey.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James planned this ahead of time. Players were fitted by tailors in Cleveland weeks ago and packed the ensemble for the trip. I’ve seen this with USA Basketball and college teams before, but never an NBA team (other than the Wizards all wearing black)