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  1. Larry Bird wants to swing a big deal in Indiana, but odds are against it

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

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

    Indiana is one of those team’s stuck in the NBA middle, a place that can be hard to get out of — not good enough to make a run beyond the first round (if they even get in), not bad enough to get a high draft pick that can take a team a long way…

  2. Pacers have no plans to fire O’Brien

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Jim O'Brien

    It’s been a rough stretch for the Indiana pacers. After a promising start to the season, the Pacers have dropped five games in a row, and have lost eight of their last 10 contests. They are currently 1/2 a game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern conference, and are heading in the…

  3. That warm feeling, Pacers staff, is underneath you

    Jan 22, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    This is a long story, let-me-sum-up kind of weekend. Get used to it. The short version: ESPN reports that Pacers management is unhappy with both coach Jim O’Brien and GM David Morway (you thought Larry Bird was the GM, didn’t you? Meet more Pacers fans. They’re nice.). They’re so unhappy, should the team suffer another…

  4. Kevin Martin could lead league in both three-pointers, free throws made

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Interesting note out of the must-read weekly column at Hoops World from friend-of-this-site coach Anthony Macri: Right now, Houston’s Kevin Martin is nearly on pace to lead the league in both three pointers made and free throws made. No other player in the history of the NBA has done those two things in one season.…

  5. How stacked were the 80’s, really?

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    When LeBron James came out and said that he thinks it would be great if great players on bad teams were able to go to good teams because their teams didn’t exist anymore (but he didn’t say the word contraction!), everyone nodded along in agreement. When he hearkened back in the conversation to those classic days…

  6. LeBron suggests contraction might not be a bad thing

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    LeBron James never actually used the word contraction. But that is how it came off when he talked about three big name players in Miami being good for the sport, how a game against the Lakers was a reminder of better times. “How can it be bad for basketball when you have guys who want…

  7. Larry Bird congratulates Dirk Nowitzki for passing him on all-time scoring list

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

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    When Dirk Nowitzki entered the league as a skinny German kid he became a bit of a sensation for the reasons he is a legend now — the guy can flat out shoot the rock and is 7-feet tall. But if you said he’d end up scoring more points than the Larry Bird you would…

  8. Shawne Williams may have figured it all out

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:56 PM EST

    ShawneWilliams

    Shawne Williams is the flavor of the month in New York. He has gone from “guy invited to camp as practice fodder” to “guy getting regular minutes in Mike D’Antoni’s rotation.” He’s put up double-digit scoring in three-straight games off the bench and has hit 10 of 12 threes this season. He’s played in five…

  9. Pacers will make a 2-for-1 trade today or eat some salary

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

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    UPDATE 6:28 pm: With no trade to be made, the Pacers decided to cut Magnum Rolle lose. Which means they traded up to get a guy in the second round they then cut. 9:59 am: Welcome to cut-down day. Today is the day NBA rosters need to be at 15 for the season. The Indiana…

  10. How Larry Johnson became Grandmama

    Oct 15, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    It is one of the most famous shoe commercials ever. But how did Converse ever convince Larry Johnson to put on a dress and a wig? He answered that very question for SLAM Magazine. When I signed with Converse out of college, they told me we were going to do a commercial with me, Larry…

  11. Larry Bird likes Brandon Rush a lot more than Jim O’Brien

    Oct 15, 2010, 3:06 PM EST

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    Brandon Rush is still a member of the Indiana Pacers for one reason — Larry Bird thinks he could be something special. How good we can debate, but he certainly has the skills to be better than he has shown in his first two seasons. Rush’s name comes up in countless trade discussions, but he…

  12. Cavaliers tried to land Larry Bird, he said no thanks

    Oct 5, 2010, 2:50 PM EST

    Say this for Dan Gilbert — he went big when trying to get a new coach this summer. Granted, he needed one to provide some hope retaining LeBron James, but he went all out. There was the failed run at Michigan State’s Tom Izzo. Then there was a run at Larry Bird, according to Marc…

  13. Pacers not letting Lance Stephenson work out at Conseco Fieldhouse

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

    After Summer League we were singing his praises — albeit more as a scorer than a point guard — then after the big trade that brought Darren Collison to Indiana we wondered: Where does Lance Stephenson fit in? He is an intriguing player. The Pacers thought so too. Then he allegedly threw his girlfriend down…

  14. Larry Bird issues statement, Lance Stephenson wants to talk to him

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:18 AM EST

    On Oct. 19, Lance Stephenson will have to appear in a New York court to face charges of assault, reckless endangerment and menacing after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and the mother of his child, throwing her down a flight of stairs according to police. Those legal issues should be at the front of Stephenson’s…

  15. Quote of the day, Larry Bird gets the laugh at the 1960 US Olympic Team's expense

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    “I don’t know who had the best team, but I know the team in 1960 was a hell of a lot tougher than we were. I couldn’t imagine the ’92 team getting in a covered wagon for eight days, going across the country, jumping in the Atlantic Ocean, swimming for six days, then walking 3,000…

  16. Danny Granger and the Pacers are aiming for another big

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    The Indiana Pacers already made quite the shake-up in acquiring Darren Collison from the New Orleans Hornets last week, but neither Larry Bird nor Danny Granger seem to be ready to accept the roster as-is. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse: Asked by FanHouse on Friday in Springfield, Mass., where Bird was inducted into the Basketball…

  17. The Dream Team enters the Hall of Fame

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    If only Chuck Daly could have been there with them.

  18. T.J. Ford shoots down the Pacers' buyout offer

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    As our own Kurt Helin noted yesterday, the Pacers have taken a new approach in trying to sever their ties with point guard T.J. Ford. Though Ford has been on the trading block since, well, moments after he arrived in Indiana, the Pacers were, as of yesterday, attempting to negotiate a buyout with Ford —…

  19. Meet the new Pacers, same as the old Pacers

    Aug 4, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    Indiana had one main goal this offseason: Get an experienced point guard to run the offense. Larry Bird tried. Every time a veteran point guard name came up, Indiana was talking to them. Raymond Felton went to New York. Jordan Farmar went to New Jersey. The list goes on and on, every time they came…

  20. Jordan wouldn't have called up Bird, Magic to be teammates, he wanted to beat them

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

      Michael Jordan is still a competitor. Don’t get him wrong, he’d like the money the big free agents are getting now. But he says he wouldn’t have called up Larry Bird or Magic Johnson and wanted to team up. “I wanted to beat those guys.” Times are different now. For better or for worse,…

  21. Larry Bird hesitant to trade Brandon Rush

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:11 PM EST

    Whenever there is a Indiana Pacers trade rumor — for Tony Parker, for Jonny Flynn, basically for any point guard good at running the break in the NBA — Brandon Rush’s name comes up. In his second season, Rush looked at times like a guy starting to figure it out. A little. He certainly can…

  22. Legendary Lakers/Celtics Game 7s: 1984, when Cornbread swallowed the Lakers

    Jun 17, 2010, 9:23 AM EST

    Beating the Boston Celtics in the Garden in Game 7? Good luck. Even a dose of Magic was not enough to overcome the Celtics in 1984. What people forget — the Lakers were swallowed up by some Cornbread in that game.

  23. NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Top 10 plays in the rivalry

    Jun 2, 2010, 10:19 AM EST

    When the Lakers and Celtics get together, things just seem bigger and more important. So many amazing plays with titles on the line. The NBA TV folks compiled a Top 10 plays in the series. You can argue it, if you want. But better to just enjoy it and dream of what might be.

  24. NBA Finals, Lakers Celtic: Bill Russell, Magic Johnson talk Lakers/Celtics hate

    Jun 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    You don’t need to go to Lakers or Celtics blogs to find out that Lakers and Celtics hate each other. Take it from the words of the participants.

  25. The five best NBA finals. Ever.

    May 30, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    We are staring at another great one. Potentially. These 2010 Lakers and Celtics match up pretty evenly, both are championship tested; both have big stars and thrilling role players. This is going to be fun. But can it match up to the all-time greats? The best finals series ever? That is one tall mountain to…

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