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  1. When the Finals got hot before: Game 5, 1984, Bird vs. Magic in “heat game”

    Jun 6, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

    1984 NBA Finals Game 5:  Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

    It was 97 degrees in the old Boston Garden and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was sucking oxygen.

  2. Quote of the Day: Rick Pitino makes fun of his famous “walking through that door” press conference

    Sep 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    Rick Pitino is being inducted into the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, and in terms of his relatively minimal NBA contributions, the video clip above might be the moment he’s most famous for. In a rant following a tough loss while coach of the Celtics, Pitino told reporters, “Larry Bird’s not walking…

  3. Video: Kenyan Orphans re-create 1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals (for charity)

    Nov 22, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Is this a cheap publicity stunt to raise money for an orphanage in Kenya? Yes. No doubt. And we’re good with it for two reasons — first, it’s a really entertaining video. Job well done. And sorry you have to relive that, Pistons fans. Second, and most importantly, it’s a good cause. If you are…

  4. David Stern was all business, and that was good for the game

    Oct 25, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    David Stern said Thursday as he talked about stepping down as commissioner that he is not a big fan of the “L”word — legacy. So we’ll call it his story. It could make a good novel. David Stern’s story is a uniquely American story. His is a story about a smart, savvy, businessman chasing the…

  5. Friday Night Video: Remembering Larry Bird

    Aug 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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    It was 20 years ago this week that Larry Bird retired from basketball. Over at CSNNE.com, they have done a fantastic job this week of remember him and what he meant to the Boston Celtics and the city. Here’s a highlight video of Bird (if you want more, there are countless more on the Web).…

  6. John Salley says Jordan not even his top 5 he played against

    Aug 16, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    First, John Salley likes to say outrageous things on the radio. There’s a history of it. Second, there is the fact that our personal views of history — particularly our personal history and stories — tend to be skewed by the things we choose to remember and focus on. Which is to say, for example,…

  7. Quote of the Day: Larry Bird on Dream Team vs. 2012 “rivalry”

    Jul 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    “They probably could (beat us). I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.” —Larry Bird, the Hall of Fame player and Dream Team member, on whether the 2012 USA Olympic Team could beat his Dream Team. Probably the smartest thing anyone has said about this “rivalry.” It’s time to move on. Thanks…

  8. Inside ‘Dream Team’: A Conversation with Jack McCallum

    Jul 10, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    There exist books on most every subject written from most every angle imaginable. There are do-it-yourself guides to construct your vessel to the afterlife. There is a definitive handbook on colloquial speech on the high seas. There are memoirs filled with irredeemable drivel, helpful travel guides written in anapestic tetrameter, and dizzying, sprawling novels drowned…

  9. As expected, Morway out, Pritchard to be in as Pacers GM

    Jun 26, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    What was long rumored and expected is now official. David Morway has resigned as the general manager of the Indiana Pacers and is leaving the organization, the team announced Tuesday. This is one of those “resign or we will can you” resignations, just so we’re clear. This clears the way for Kevin Pritchard, the former…

  10. You can go home again: Donnie Walsh hired by Pacers

    Jun 26, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    Donnie Walsh was the long-time CEO of the Indiana Pacers who took a few years off to bail the New York Knicks out of their Isiah Thomas hole. They rewarded him for that by shoving him aside (over differences about the Carmelo Anthony deal), stripping him of his power and making him a consultant. Now,…

  11. Report: Larry Bird no longer has a relationship with GM David Morway

    Jun 10, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    When Larry Bird was retained as President of Basketball Operations for the Pacers, there was an interesting wrinkle. Kevin Pritchard, not longer-tenured David Morway, was tapped for the GM position under Bird. It was thought that was because Morway, having interviewed for vacant positions around the league, was simply headed elsewhere. Turns out that’s true,…

  12. Report: Pacers’ Bird to replace GM Morway with Pritchard

    Jun 9, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Larry Bird has decided to return as the guy steering the ship for the Indiana Pacers, but he is bringing in a new No. 2. Bird is replacing existing general manager David Morway with a guy down the Pacers ladder, former Trail Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo.com. Despite joining the organization…

  13. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  14. Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

    May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year. And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume. Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of…

  15. Kobe Bryant explains why “I don’t take charges”

    May 15, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant played along side Derek Fisher for years, one of the better guards at drawing the charge in the league for many years. But you don’t see Kobe take them. Pretty much ever. And he said Tuesday there is a reason for that. From the Associated Press: “I learned from my predecessors, man,” Bryant…

  16. New documentary includes look at game Dream Team lost

    May 14, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    We remember the original Dream Team — the pros sent to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and others — just rolling teams. The won the Olympic gold medal by an average of nearly 20 points a game and had the opposing teams asking for autographs afterward. But…

  17. Bird denies report he is “100% percent” not returning to Pacers

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    UPDATE 9:07 am: Well, that didn’t take long. I said you could bet Bird would deny the latest report he is not coming back and he has to the Indy Star. “Once again, no decision has been made,” Bird said by phone Thursday evening. “I’ll sit down with my owner at the end of the…

  18. Video: Magic Johnson talks New Bird/Magic Broadway play

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Magic Johnson was on SportsBiz Game On with Darren Rovell Friday and talked about the new Bird/Magic play on Broadway. But to me, the more interesting parts is about how this play works because of who it draws to the theater — male sports fans — and how those people don’t blink at Broadway prices…

  19. Video: Bird, Magic on Late Night with David Letterman

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    Magic Johnson and Larry Bird swung by Late Night with David Letterman on Wednesday to promote the new play about their lives, and the two guys who are now friends tell some stories and have some laughs. It’s a fun trip down memory lane. Enjoy.  

  20. As expected, looks like Larry Bird will retire from Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    Reports have come out of the New York Post Friday that Larry Bird is leaving as the President and decision maker with the Indiana Pacers after this season. Sources are saying this. It’s news. It shouldn’t be a surprise. I’m not sure we really need sources when Larry Bird himself said this last June. “They…

  21. Twitter’s iconic bird logo is named “Larry” after you know who

    Feb 29, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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    Twitter has become a big part of the NBA culture — in the macro scale it allows players to communicate directly with fans and break down barriers, it allows them to shape their brand in a new way. On a micro level, it allows them to tweet some incredibly stupid things. And pictures we didn’t…

  22. Video: Paul George’s glow-in-the-dark dunk from All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

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    The 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest seemed to be all about gimmicks, and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers was the one who led the charge. This glow-in-the-dark dunk wasn’t a bad idea in theory, but he didn’t glow nearly enough for us to get a good enough look at that athletic, 360 windmill jam…

  23. Winderman: The fuzzy line of NBA talk, tampering

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    Sorry, just not sure how this works anymore, when it comes to what is tampering what is innocent conversation, and, frankly what is NBA protocol and civility. Perhaps because Kobe Bryant and LeBron James aren’t impending free agents, it’s all simply viewed as innocuous. So Larry Bird, in his role as Pacers president, talks freely…

  24. Larry Bird says he’d play with LeBron for fun, Kobe to win

    Feb 8, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Larry Bird is better at basketball than you. Probably still, but certainly at his peak. But he thinks like a lot of you out there. During his podcast with Bill “sports guy” Simmons at Grantland, Bird said this about the two biggest names in the NBA today (transcribed by ESPNLosAngeles.com). “If you want to have…

  25. Video: Paul Pierce passes Larry Bird on Celtics scoring list

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Any time you pass Larry Bird on any list, you’re doing something right. Paul Pierce should already have cemented himself as one of the Boston Celtics’ all-time great players, but to echo that point Pierce passed Bird to move into second on the Celtics all-time scoring list with a jumper in the third quarter that…

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