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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 20, 2004
WASHINGTON - I find myself in the unpleasant position of defending Larry Bird. Guy shreds my heart in the '84 Finals, his evil Boston Celtics defeating my valiant Los Angeles Lakers, and now, just 20 years later, here I stand between him and the torches and pitchforks of the mob. Still, Larry Legend is getting a bum rap, and I can't stand by and watch that, even if he is a former Celtic. It seems that during a televised roundtable on ESPN on June 10, Mr. Bird was asked whether the NBA could use more white stars.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
The AT&T commercials with the little kids gathered around the classroom table answering questions ("Is it better to be bigger or smaller?") from the smarmy focus group leader? They were cute the first time around. Maybe the first 10 times around. But around the 10,000th time around, they got really, really annoying. And since it's apparently a law that no NCAA tournament game can be broadcast without 15 or 20 of these spots, the annoyance level has now reached epic, gouge-out-your-eyeballs, please-make-it-stop extremes.
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By Jackie MacMullan and Jackie MacMullan,Boston Globe | November 25, 1990
BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The conversation began as a discussion on the mental edge, that nebulous term often used to describe what separates the elite athlete from the rest.Larry Bird is such an athlete. He got drafted, pulled on a Celtic jersey with the No. 33 and never looked back. He won three world championships, three MVP trophies. He has been to the JTC All-Star Game 10 times and was the NBA three-point king two of the three times he participated.Soon he will become the fifth player in NBA history to surpass 20,000 points and 5,000 assists.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
The debate raging these days between those arguing whether this year's U.S. Olympic men's basketball team could compete with the Dream Team of 20 years ago is not answered simply by a generational divide. I for one, being of sound mind and slightly broken-down body, believe the 2012 version is not being given the respect it deserves before it ever steps on a court in London. I also think the 1992 team was not quite as invincible as they were made out to be because the international game was far from what it is today.
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By Jesse Barkin and Jesse Barkin,Los Angeles Daily News | October 27, 1992
ST. LOUIS -- The following warning goes out to all Magic Johnson fans, and all those who can't read enough about the Los Angeles Lakers star and his return to the Lakers:In an effort to get NBA fans up to speed as to what's going on around the league this fall, there will be no further mention of what's-his-name for the remainder of this column. This is not meant as a slight to No. 32, but merely as a brief timeout. Management guarantees there will be plenty of mention of Mr. Johnson in later columns.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | January 6, 1998
INDIANAPOLIS -- There are three minutes until game time at Market Square Arena. Reggie Miller and Chris Mullin are among the Indiana Pacers warming up, although in the stands there are more than a few fans who couldn't care less about what's happening on the court.Their focus is on the tunnel.Suddenly, applause begins to build almost wave-like, section by section. By the time the focus of their attention reaches the top of the tunnel, the entire arena is standing and applauding. Just like the scene that played out in Miami two nights before, in San Antonio last week and Detroit last month.
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January 29, 2007
Good morning -- Tiger Woods -- As Larry Bird once said, "Who's playing for second?"
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By Bob Ryan and Bob Ryan,Boston Globe | August 19, 1992
BOSTON-- Larry Bird is gone and we are again reminded that at the upper level there is Good, Great, Superstar and Truly Irreplaceable. And inside Truly Irreplaceable there is one further subsection, wherein reside the athletes whose ultimate gift to the sports fan is a vision, a feel, an actual inspiration that is so rare and so highly developed that when these individuals cease playing, they leave a spiritual void that threatens the True Believer's subsequent...
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By IRA WINDERMAN and IRA WINDERMAN,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | June 27, 2006
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Those who have followed Adam Morrison's career consider him somewhat of a throwback. The high-scoring Gonzaga forward makes up with moxie what he lacks in athleticism. The high-release jumper is sweet and true. Screens are used to set up defenders. Invariably, the comparison is to Larry Bird. NBA draft Tomorrow, 7 p.m., ESPN
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November 13, 1998
NBA games lost yesterday: 8.Total games missed: 77.Earliest estimated date that season can start: Dec. 15.Negotiations: Nothing scheduled. Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter were supposed to speak by phone yesterday.Projected player salary losses (through Dec. 15): $250 million.Today's best canceled game: Lakers at Boston. Sure, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are long-since retired, but it's always special when these teams meet.Pub Date: 11/13/98
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2010
Each week, we've brought you a Q&A with a Ravens player to help you learn a little more about the team. Today is a little different. The guest is offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who has guided the offense to 12th in the NFL in average yards gained. Cameron reflected on life as an offensive coordinator, the process of crafting the weekly game plan, and the impact of other coaches on him. Question: What's the most difficult part about being the offensive coordinator? Answer: I never looked at anything being real difficult other than going against great defensive coordinators and veteran defensive players.
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January 29, 2007
Good morning -- Tiger Woods -- As Larry Bird once said, "Who's playing for second?"
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By IRA WINDERMAN and IRA WINDERMAN,SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | June 27, 2006
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- Those who have followed Adam Morrison's career consider him somewhat of a throwback. The high-scoring Gonzaga forward makes up with moxie what he lacks in athleticism. The high-release jumper is sweet and true. Screens are used to set up defenders. Invariably, the comparison is to Larry Bird. NBA draft Tomorrow, 7 p.m., ESPN
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 20, 2004
WASHINGTON - I find myself in the unpleasant position of defending Larry Bird. Guy shreds my heart in the '84 Finals, his evil Boston Celtics defeating my valiant Los Angeles Lakers, and now, just 20 years later, here I stand between him and the torches and pitchforks of the mob. Still, Larry Legend is getting a bum rap, and I can't stand by and watch that, even if he is a former Celtic. It seems that during a televised roundtable on ESPN on June 10, Mr. Bird was asked whether the NBA could use more white stars.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | June 10, 2004
Like many others Tuesday night, sports marketing analyst Dean Bonham watched Kobe Bryant knock down a late three-pointer that might have saved the Los Angeles Lakers' season. The lack of a white American superstar in Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons failed to register with Bonham, even as the issue was about to come front-and-center yesterday. Hall of Fame player and Indiana Pacers general manager Larry Bird prescribed more white stars in an interview scheduled to air tonight on an ESPN special.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Few point guards maneuver with the skill and grace of the New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd, and that dexterity is helping during All-Star weekend, as he has had to weave his way through the traffic of questions about the team's coaching change. The Nets, fresh off two straight trips to the NBA Finals, dumped coach Byron Scott on Jan. 26 and replaced him with former assistant Lawrence Frank. In terms of wins and losses, the move was a good one, as the team has won 10 straight games - nine since Frank took over.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 21, 1992
HOUSTON -- William L. "Larry" Bird, a curator for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, was thrilled with his find."
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October 11, 1998
THOUGH IT is difficult to choose sides in the dispute between National Basketball Association owners and players, a referee would have to hit owners with a technical foul for whining about outrageous salaries of their own making.Team owners drove a gigantic loophole through a strict salary cap in 1983 to allow the Boston Celtics to re-sign superstar Larry Bird for an amount that exceeded that limit. It was this salary cap that was supposed to rein in owners' competitive impulses when bidding on top players.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | July 10, 2003
YESTERDAY MORNING, Al Moore pointed to the ceiling where thieves dropped themselves into his Hilltop Market, in Cherry Hill, and made off with 140 cartons of cigarettes. Once upon a time, such crime would have drawn neighborhood shrugs. What else was new? Now it draws notice in the newspaper. On such distinctions, we measure a community's progress. There was a time when the drug dealers openly sold heroin in this shopping center, while police sat in their little community relations center and seemed to notice nothing.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2000
LOS ANGELES - NBA great Larry Bird coached his final game last night, but what he will do now that he is the former Indiana Pacers coach remains largely a mystery. "I don't know what I'm going to do," he said during last night's pregame coaches news conference. "It's up in the air. I'm not worried about it. This season has been draining, but it's been great. The guys have really stepped up in the playoffs." The only thing that is certain is that Bird will not return next year as coach.
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