February 13, 2013 |
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Basketball great Larry Bird's son has been arrested after police say he tried to run over his ex-girlfriend with a car. Twenty-one-year-old Conner Anthony Bird faces preliminary charges, including intimidation with a deadly weapon, battery with injury and possession of marijuana. Indiana University police arrested Bird on Sunday morning. They say his ex-girlfriend told an officer that Bird threw a cellphone at her and drove his car at her during an argument.
December 14, 2012 |
THE SETUP: Went to a basketball game at the Boston Garden and a hockey game broke out. SIXERS VS. Celtics. There was always tension in this rivalry, no matter who the combatants. Seven-game series. Havlicek. Auerbach's cigar. Russell. Heinsohn. Losses. Whether it was Chamberlain, Greer, Cunningham, Erving or Malone, if you were a Sixer playing on that damn parquet floor, your least favorite color was green and you wanted nothing to do with freakin' leprechauns and four-leaf clovers.
May 12, 1992 |
Larry Bird practiced yesterday and is expected to play for the Boston Celtics when the team resumes its series against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The fifth game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, which is deadlocked at two games apiece, is scheduled at Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio (Cable TV-TNT, 8). According to a team spokesman, Bird, who was sidelined five weeks with back pain, suffered no discomfort during the workout. In his first game since April 3, Bird played 17 minutes in a 114-112 overtime loss on Sunday.
November 14, 1989 |
Two games in two nights in two different cities. The first game ends, and fatigue sets in, but sleep escapes until the adrenaline rush subsides. NBA rules mandate the first flight out on game days, so you're in a car or a bus by 6 a.m., heading for the airport and a 7:15 departure. By late morning, still bleary-eyed, you run through a short practice in a cold gym. Then you grab something to eat and hit the sack for a few hours and it's back to work, running five miles in the stop-and-go traffic of professional basketball.
April 11, 2012 |
In the middle of Magic/Bird, the smooth and warm new play about a friendship that blooms from the deep roots of rivalry, playwright Eric Simonson writes a deft pivoting scene. Two young guys, both basketball rivals of worldwide renown, are forced to lunch together by one of their moms. You look on to see what happens when these two very different people - opposites, really, in every way except their brilliance on the basketball - have no option but to relate. Friendship, just a glimmer of it, begins to be defined.
April 6, 1987 |
For 8 seconds, there he was, the Round Mound of Rebound, transformed menacingly into the Immense Prince of Defense. Charles Barkley, the guy who didn't make the 1984 Olympic team because he couldn't stop anyone from scoring, stopped the best player in basketball yesterday with the Sixers-Celtics game on the line. Overtime boiled down to a last-second shot by Larry Bird, the same Larry Bird who collects MVP trophies the way some people collect coins, the same Larry Bird who was putting the finishing touches on a triple-double worth 39 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
June 12, 2015 |
I AM NOT completely sure in what context to put LeBron James' efforts in the 2015 NBA Finals. I have been courtside when Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were spectacular, while leading their teams to NBA championships. I watched Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Hakeen Olajuwon dominate in the Finals. I have never seen anything like what James has done with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first three games of this series against the Golden State Warriors.
June 30, 2014 |
THE GREAT PART about being a sports fan is falling in love with a team or a player. The worst part about being a sports fan is getting your heartbroken so often. In the fall of 1997, I accidentally tuned into a Marshall University football game and I watched with amazement the best college wide receiver I had ever seen - Randy Moss. He was big and fast and could corral anything that came near him. It was truly love at first sight, and I dreamed of a 15-year love affair watching him in Eagles green.
April 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Here are my suggestions as you get set to watch Kentucky try for 40-0 at the Final Four. Ignore the slogans: "one and done," "succeed and proceed," "players' first program. " Forget what you remember of John Calipari at Massachusetts. Don't get caught up in the morality play that some of these players are not really students or at least not for long. Look at college basketball at the top levels in 2015 the way it should be looked at - as a big business. The Kentucky coach recognized that when he got the highest-pressure job in the game and created a model that is built for short-term students and long-term success.
August 28, 2003 |
Larry Bird insisted he took his new job with an open mind about the future of coach Isiah Thomas. The Indiana Pacers' president of basketball operations needed only 7 weeks to come to a decision. Bird wasted little time in making his first major move, firing Thomas yesterday and immediately targeting former assistant Rick Carlisle as his successor. "I just had a gut feeling this wasn't going to work," Bird said of a surprise move that came only 2 months before the start of the season.