Indiana Pacers: How could Larry Bird reform the Pacers?

While it is still quite early in the season and much basketball remains to be played, it is beginning to look like the Indiana Pacers won’t be competing for much this season. Based on the way things are going now, it is fair to ask questions about what the Indiana Pacers might look like in the next few years. With Larry Bird at the helm of the franchise, the possibilities are endless.
Who’s Staying & Who’s Going?
As of today, the following current Pacers will be up for free agency next summer: Roy Hibbert and David West (if player options are declined), Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, CJ Watson, Rodney Stuckey, Lavoy Allen, Shayne Whittington and Donald Sloan.
In all likelihood, assuming he isn’t traded beforehand, Roy Hibbert will likely pick up his player option and return to Indiana for the 2015 season. In opposition, given his age and mobility, David West will most likely not pick up his player option and opt for retirement.
So, who’s left?
Under the assumption that Larry Bird does not make a

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Larry Sanders Suspended 1 Game for Flagrant Foul: Latest Details and Reaction

The hits just keep coming for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Center Larry Sanders pushed Portland Trail Blazers wing Nicolas Batum from behind in Wednesday’s 104-97 loss, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-2 foul call. That will cost the Bucks big man a one-game suspension, keeping him out for the second game of a back-to-back against Sacramento on Thursday.    

The Bucks’ official Twitter account reported the news of Sanders’ suspension and also described the incident that led to it:

Below is video footage of Sanders’ foul:

Andrew Gruman of FoxSportsWisconsin.com notes how Milwaukee may be without another one of its key contributors versus the Kings. He also analyzed the squad’s unfavorable frontcourt situation:

Standout rookie Jabari Parker tore his ACL in Monday’s win over Phoenix, so it’s been quite an adverse week for the Bucks to say the least.    

Coach Jason Kidd has his work cut out to shuffle the rotation for Thursday’s game. No one can replace Sanders’ ability to alter shots in the paint, and there are few alternatives to turn to as is. Zaza Pachulia will likely get the start in Sanders’ place.

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Colorado State’s Larry Eustachy happier than he’s ever been

The Rams’ third-year coach is clean and sober and building a winner in Fort Collins.

      
 

 

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We Remember: 30th Anniversary of Julius Erving and Larry Bird’s Fight

On Nov. 9, 1984, two of the NBA‘s biggest stars were involved in an in-game brawl.

The Boston Celtics (4-0) hosted the Philadelphia 76ers (5-0) at the Boston Garden on that night. It was expected to be a great battle between two undefeated teams, with Larry Bird and Julius Erving going head-to-head.

However, the showdown will forever be remembered for the fight that broke out late in the third quarter rather than either player’s performance in the game.

As the video above shows, Dr. J got some punches in on a restrained Bird. Both players ended up getting ejected from the game. Dr. J left the game with six points, five assists and three rebounds; Bird had posted 42 points, three assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes.

The fight resulted $30,500 worth of fines, according to NBA.com. Dr. J and Bird received the biggest fines of any players, each getting docked $7,500 for their roles in the fight.

Boston won the game, 130-119.

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Larry Sanders nearly shoots on wrong basket (Video)

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders nearly scored on his own basket after winning a jump ball in his own end during the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game against Philadelphia. Fortunately, Sanders caught himself just in time, saving head coach Jason Kidd from a heart attack:H/T NIS.Related posts:Bucks center Larry Sanders gets misspelled hand tattoo (Photo)
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Hornets’ Lance Stephenson Dunks over Bucks’ Larry Sanders

It’s only the first game of the season for the Charlotte Hornets, but Lance Stephenson is already making big plays.

Stephenson drove to the lane during Wednesday’s opener against the Milwaukee Bucks, then proceeded to throw down over big man Larry Sanders.

The dunk was nice, but the Hornets were still down 83-68 after the third quarter.

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Larry Brown thinks Mudiay would set bad precedent

Brown is worried that more top recruits will follow Mudiay’s footsteps.

      
 

 

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Miami Heat News: Heat Cut Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat roster now stands at 16 players.
Early Thursday morning the Heat got closer to their final opening night roster — which must be trimmed to a maximum of 15 players — by releasing Tyler Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Larry Drew II. The release of Larry Drew II was expected as the Heat’s intentions were to sign and release him in order to assign him to their D-League affiliate team the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
On the other hand, forward Shawn Jones didn’t seem like he was particularly ready for the NBA level. In 16.5 minutes of play through four games, Jones only averaged 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds and evidently did not impress the Heat organization. Jones is very nitty gritty, however, he will need to be developed further before he’s ready for a NBA team.
The most surprising cut out of the three has to be shooting guard Tyler Johnson. Although a bit out of control at times, Johnson’s athleticism and raw talent were clearly there as he would have been the perfect player to deve…

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Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. cleared to play

Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr. cleared to play in upcoming season

      
 

 

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Miami Heat News: Heat Sign Larry Drew II

The Miami Heat front office have decided to add point guard Larry Drew II, son of Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew, Sr. Drew appeared in 11 games with the Heat during the Orlando and Vegas Summer Leagues where he averaged 4.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 50 percent from the three-point line.
Drew also spent considerable time in the D-League last season as he helped guide the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the playoffs. He appeared in 41 regular season games, including 36 starts, and averaged 11.4 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Since NBA teams are allowed to designate four players released from their training camp for direct assignment to their D-League affiliates, it is expected that Drew will be waived and added to the Heat’s D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
Drew is not expected to be in uniform for the Heat’s final two preseason matchups beginning with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

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