Larry Bird on Stephenson: 'I really feel bad about losing him'

Lance Stephenson’s overall character has come into question for as long as anyone can remember. It’s clear that he’s a talented athlete, and on some nights he even appeared to be the best player on the court. In a league that has brought together the best basketball players on the planet and some of the best athletes in the history of mankind, Lance standing out, even if only...
Via Pass The Pill
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Larry Bird Says He Still Feels Bad About Losing Stephenson

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird has been publicly critical of Lance Stephenson’s antics with LeBron James in the 2014 NBA playoffs; however he knows the phrase “you’ll miss me when I’m gone” appears to be ringing true, after Stephenson left $44 million on the table to sign a less-lucrative three-year, $27 million dollar deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Bird spoke to...
Via BlackSportsOnline
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kravitz: Larry Bird can't understand why Lance Stephenson bolted

In the end, flashing the choke sign at LeBron James and then blowing in the King's ear wasn't the silliest thing Lance Stephenson ever did. The most foolish thing Stephenson and his lawyer/agent, Alberto Ebanks, did was turning down the Pacers' five-year, $44 million contract. Do the math. If he had stayed, he would have earned a guaranteed $44 million, more than enough...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bird: Pacers Did What We Could To Keep Stephenson

The Indiana Pacers' best offer for Lance Stephenson was reportedly $44 million over five years, but his camp was searching for a $55 million contract. Stephenson eventually agreed upon a three-year, $27 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. "I really feel bad about losing him,'' Larry Bird said. "I hope it doesn't interfere with our relationship. But...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Who the hell is Joe Qatato?

  If I were to tell you there was a guy who was Larry Bird's personal rebounder for shooting sessions, you might think "it's pretty neat."  But what if the same guy was arrested for indecent exposure in a hotel?  You might think, "pervert" or "bad luck."  But what if that same guy was then in a car with Jamal Tinsley and got shot?  You might...
Via Celtics Life
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Time Out For Trivia

All of the Celtics players below except one were drafted in the first round of the NBA draft.  Can you put them in the correct order of their selection, from the number one selection down?  Before you begin, can you name the one No.1 pick overall and the only second rounder?  Good luck!1. Larry Bird                                          ...
Via Celtics Life
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers great Cooper says Bird was harder to guard than Jordan

I get what Cooper says, and he's right. But to be clear. When it comes down to one-on-one, Jordan was better. Jordan was a bit more predictable, and Bird was a free spirit out there. He was unpredictable, and that's why he's one of the best that ever played. I love hearing these old stories. It never get's old for me.Mass LiveMassLive: I want to start with Larry Bird...
Via Celtics Today
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fan Voting: Results for Cavs, New Poll for Celtics

There was only one voter on the best all-time starting 5 for the Cavs, so here is what that one voter commented: Guard: Kyrie IrvingGuard: Mark PriceForward: LeBron JamesForward: Shawn KempCenter: Zydrunas Ilgauskas Our next poll is for the best player at each position for the Boston Celtics, one of the NBA’s most talent-stacked teams. Here are the candidates: Guards:...
Via The League News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dr. J says that he’d pay to watch two players; Jordan not in his top five all-time

Dr. J said he’d only pay to watch two NBA players Today on ESPN’s First Take, Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith along with moderator Cari Champion, had a chance to sit down with NBA legend Julius Erving. Dr. J was asked about his top five players of all-time – which did not include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. This conversation was followed by Erving telling...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Pacers players wanted Bird to up Stephenson’s offer

The Indiana Pacers lost starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets early this morning, and his former Pacers teammates are very unhappy with the way things were handled. According to a report from Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, Stephenson’s former teammates wanted Larry Bird to up his offer in order to convince him to come back to Indiana. This is certainly...
Via Sports-Glory
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Summer fun rolls on as Delly, Cavs cruise

Anthony Bennett buried a well-defended turnaround jumper that rang up memories of Larry Bird. Andrew Wiggins spun his way past two defenders for a high-flying slam with two hands. Yes, the former No. 1 overall draft picks are feeling fine, thank you very much. Oh, and Matthew Dellavedova? The second-year point guard was never drafted at all, and isn't really known for anything...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pacers quietly shopping Roy Hibbert

The Sporting News’ Sean Devaney is reporting that Larry Bird is seeking offers for Roy Hibbert: After a flurry of rumors dating back a little more than a month, there has not been much to speak of when it comes to the possibility of Indiana moving center Roy Hibbert in a trade. But, according to multiple front-office sources, the Pacers have quietly sought out possible new landing...
Via Red's Army
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Rondo: Demand a Trade to Sacramento

As I mentioned before - and as mentioned on twitter by some clever rabbit -- Rondo should go into the HOF for surviving more trade rumors than any other player in history.  The thing is, the guy only has 9 lives.  Or so.  I'm sick and tired of Danny shopping Rondo, and I'm sure Rondo is sick of it too.   It's time for this sick and demented charade to end.  Do the...
Via Celtics Today
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Jackson Hopeful He Landed Two NBA Superstars with 34th and 51st Picks

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is hopeful he acquired the two superstars who will lead the Knicks to multiple championships in the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Nos. 34 and 51 of the 2nd Round. “My critics always say that I only won championships because my teams had perhaps the two best players in the game of their eras,” said Jackson. “I disagree. That said...
Via Sports Pickle
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott Distances Himself from Larry Bird Comparisons: “Larry Bird is extremely ugly”

Former Creighton star Doug McDermott has drawn plenty of comparisons to former Indiana State and Boston Celtics star Larry Bird. McDermott even posed last season for a Sports Illustrated cover photo that was an exact replica of a SI cover Bird appeared on in 1977.  But McDermott, who is expected to go early in next week’s NBA Draft, sought to distance himself from Bird today....
Via Sports Pickle
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5 Assists of All Time

The assist is one category of basketball’s most diverse plays, from a simple pass to a cutter to a behind-the-back gem. Many flashy passes have been made over the course of NBA history. Here are the 5 most impressive assists in NBA history:   #5 – Larry Bird: From the Ground Up Here, Larry Bird, one of the NBA’s greatest all-time playmakers, makes an incredible all around...
Via The League News
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Morning Dump… Where McDermott didn’t want to disrespect Larry Bird

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. McDermott and Bird were both consensus Players of the Year and plied their trade in the Missouri Valley Conference (though Creighton switched to the Big East this past season). The dots were further connected in...
Via Red's Army
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott is not the next Larry Bird

McDermott replicated Larry Bird Sports Illustrated cover from 1979, but the comparisons stop there. This kid is smart about the questions, and doesn't bite at the Bird talk.. Have we traded the 6th pick yet for Kevin Love? ESPN BostonBut McDermott cringes when Bird's name is invariably invoked as part of those comps. "It’s really not fair," said McDermott. "...
Via Celtics Today
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott talks Larry Bird cover, Kevin Durant at Celtics workout

Draft prospects Doug McDermott was in town today visiting with your Boston Celtics. He, of course, had plenty of praise for the Celtics. He also touched on Larry Bird, Kevin Durant and even Tommy Heinsohn.One thing to note, this young prospect was pretty honored to be working out with the Celtics. Of course, he was probably honored to work out for any team, but he did say he wanted...
Via Celtics Life
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug McDermott Shies Away From Larry Bird Comparisons, Calls SI Cover ‘Crazy’

WALTHAM, Mass. — Doug McDermott couldn’t expect to come to a workout with the Boston Celtics and not be asked about the player he’s been compared to for years: Larry Bird. So how does McDermott, a projected first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft, feel about constantly being placed on a level with one of the greatest basketball players of all time? Honestly, he’s not a big...
June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tracy Morgan Reminisces on Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals

Comedian Tracy Morgan shares how he experienced Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals when Larry Bird stole the ball from Isiah Thomas and passed it to Dennis Johnson for the winning layup. As you would expect the story is hilarious and as you probably wouldn’t expect, it involves a 2 liter bottle of Mello Yello. Perfect. The post Tracy Morgan Reminisces on Game 5 of the...
Via Hooped Up
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Larry Bird was immune to cramps

As fans around the world clash over the severity of LeBron James’ leg cramps and the steamy conditions in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, take a moment to remember the awesomeness of Larry Bird. Bob Ryan reminds us of Bird’s epic performance in Game 5 of the 1984 Finals. It was a mere 97 degrees in the Garden that day. Big Heat in SA reminds us of ’84 Game 5 with no AC game...
Via Red's Army
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Ryan Recalls Larry Bird’s Epic ‘Heat Game’ In 1984 NBA Finals (Video)

It is always tempting, when something like what happened Thursday night in San Antonio goes down, to say we have never seen anything like it before. Well, Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe has seen something like Thursday’s game, when broken air conditioning at the AT&T Center caused temperatures inside the arena to hit more than 90 degrees for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The veteran...
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Larry Bird thinks Roy Hibbert needs a Hall Of Fame mentor

The offseason for the Indiana Pacers will be something that everyone will be paying attention to. After losing to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Comfernence Finals, there has been a lot of speculation on the direction the organization is headed. One person that people are speculating about is Roy Hibbert and his future with the team. Team president Larry Bird spoke to the media...
Via No Guts, No Glory
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Indiana Pacers: Larry Bird says Roy Hibbert Needs a “Hall of Fame” Mentor

Indiana Pacers’ center Roy Hibbert had a late season collapse for the ages this year. He went from being looked at as an All-Star to being the laughing stock of the internet. Someone even created a “Did Roy Hibbert Get a Rebound” Twitter account – that’s how bad it got. Hibbert looked lost during the entire Atlanta series and at times against Washington and Miami too. Early...
Via Standing O Sports
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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