Larry Bird Rumors
Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday that the Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award June 24 at the NBA Awards.
Justin Kubatko: Draymond Green is the fourth player in NBA history to record 100+ rebounds and 100+ assists in at least five straight postseasons. The others are Magic Johnson (1982-1988), Larry Bird (1984-1988), and Michael Jordan (1989-1993).
Marc J. Spears: With 33 points, Warriors forward Kevin Durant (3,899 career playoff points) has passed former Celtics great Larry Bird (3,897) for 11th place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.
Holiday was a hot commodity going into the trade deadline with multiple teams inquiring about his availability until president Kevin Pritchard stopped taking calls. Larry Bird, an adviser to the team, believes the 2018 No. 23 pick has All-Star potential.
As the Pacers melted down, Bird said he witnessed several signs of a team struggling to handle the pressure of the playoffs. “The main thing is they’ve got to be mentally tougher,” Bird said to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullen.
Bird said the on-court bickering amongst the players could affect team chemistry. He said the players have to better handle adversity, like the two clutch fourth-quarter three-pointers from Kyrie Irving, and move on to the next play. “If you’re gonna have a meltdown, you’ve got to stick together,” Bird said “You can’t b—- at the referees. You gotta get back after a miss. Every possession is so huge in the playoffs.”