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Latest News, Twitter / Sep 11, 2014 / 3:45 pm

Larry Bird Calls Paul George’s Ray Rice Tweets “Thoughtless”

Larry Bird, Paul George, 2013-14 Pacers

This morning’s bizarre barrage of tweets by Paul George bemoaning the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice for punching his then-fiancĂ© has been met with some understated outrage — primarily because George apologized and removed the tweets. Still, Pacers president of basketball ops, Larry Bird, felt the need to address them in a statement released by the team. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Aug 30, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Watch Kyrie Irving & James Harden Jaw At Each Other During Shooting Contest

Kyrie Irving, James Harden

Gotta love this. Team USA is in Spain today readying to take on Finland at 3:30 p.m. ET in their first game of the 2014 FIBA World Cup, previously referred to as the World Championships. Heralded starting guards, James Harden and Kyrie Irving, showed during a shooting contest at practice their competitive juices are already flowing. Read More »

NBA / Aug 13, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Larry Bird On Pacers This Season: “We’ll Do Our Best To Make The Playoffs”

Donny Walsh, Herb Simon, Larry Bird

After losing Lance Stephenson to the Charlotte Hornets in free agency and with Paul George likely out for the season, the Pacers are nobody’s favorites to win the East this season. In fact, it’s not far fetched to imagine a scenario where they miss the playoffs entirely. However, Larry Bird is confident in his team and does not plan on bottoming out this season. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Latest News, Olympics / Aug 4, 2014 / 10:00 am

Adam Silver Does Not See “Major Shift” In NBA & Intl. Play After George Injury

Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Paul George

The scary compound leg fracture suffered by Paul George during Friday night’s USA Basketball Showcase means one of the best and most promising players in the league will miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season. It also raised doubts about the participation of NBA players in international events like the Olympics and this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain. Except NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement to ESPN on Sunday night, PG’s injury is unlikely to produce a “major shift” in the NBA’s policies towards international competition. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Aug 2, 2014 / 4:15 pm

George Will Likely Miss 2014-2015 Season; Pacers Support USA Basketball

Paul George

A report by Yahoo’s Marc Spears says that Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George had a successful surgery and will likely miss the 2014-2015 season. Meanwhile, Pacers President Larry Bird released a statement concerning the injury that expressed support for USA Basketball amid growing sentiments that NBA players should he held out of international competition. Read More »

instagram, Twitter / Jul 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says He’ll Train Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Earlier in the off-season — after what Paul George described as the Pacers forgetting their “edge,” which led to a marked drop in performance during the second half of the season — the team was reportedly “quietly” shopping Roy Hibbert. We’re not so sure after a tweet and Instagram post showed Roy dining with Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with more tutelage in store. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 21, 2014 / 10:30 am

Bird On Lance’s Departure: “I’m Going To Miss The Kid”

Lance Stephenson, Mario Chalmers

Lance Stephenson decided to sign a three-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets last week, instead of accepting the long-term contract the Pacers were offering. The decision surprised Larry Bird, who is disappointed to lose his starting shooting guard, but also a player he personally helped develop into a borderline all-star. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jun 3, 2014 / 10:15 am

Bird & Vogel Want Lance Stephenson Back

Donnie Walsh, Herb Simon, Larry Bird

Pacers general manager and greatest small forward of all time (at least through next week) Larry Bird held court with reporters yesterday after exit interviews with the team and opened up about Frank Vogel and most of the Pacers roster, which he wants to keep together. The biggest obstacle is re-signing Lance Stephenson, an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Bird and Vogel want to keep him even with all the headaches in the Conference Finals. Read More »

Smack / May 30, 2014 / 10:45 am

Larry Bird Upset At Lance Blowing In LeBron’s Ear

LeBron James, Lance Stephenson

The moment Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron James‘ ear for a national television audience to see, the Internet was buzzing, and a hysterical meme ensued. But for Pacers GM Larry Bird, and coach Frank Vogel, it wasn’t funny at all. Read More »

NBA / May 29, 2014 / 4:15 pm

The 10 Greatest Small Forwards In NBA History

Kevin Durant, LeBron James

The small forward used to compliment the frontcourt, but in the contemporary game it’s a position that’s turned out elite wing players with the body of a power forward from just a generation prior. Small forwards are basketball renaissance men who can do it all: shoot, pass, handle the ball and create havoc for opponents. That’s what makes this list so difficult to pin down. Read More »