NBA Basketball News, Rumors, Articles, Interviews
InsideHoops Home | NBA Basketball | College Hoops | High School | Streetball | Rucker Park | NYC | Minors | WNBA | World

  NBA NEWS & RUMORS
News
NBA rumors
Media Links
Basketball Blog

  EMAIL & FORUMS
Message Board
Free Email

  SCORES & STATS
Scores NBA Stats
Previews Recaps
Standings NBA Video
Schedule Transactions
  NBA FEATURES
Fantasy Basketball
Power Rankings
NBA Awards Watch
Old Articles
NBA Salaries Free Agents
Interviews Depth Charts
MVP Race Rookie Watch
NBA Draft
NBA Mock Draft



  MORE BASKETBALL
History All-Star
Business Playing Tips
NBA Throwback Jerseys
  MORE LEAGUES
Olympics World / USA
Minors Summer
  WEBSITE INFO
About Us Write For Us
Advertise Contact Us
  FOLLOW US
basketball twitter
nba rss feed RSS (of our blog)

Larry Bird Interview

 


SHARE THIS PAGE


 








| May 31, 2007

larry bird interviewInsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner, at the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando, Florida met face to face with Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations and NBA legend Larry Bird for a quick exclusive interview on the upcoming NBA Draft and a few other topics:

InsideHoops.com: Your general impressions on the draft this year? It's considered deeper than usual.

Larry Bird: Well, it's deeper because of two top players. Very good players, probably franchise guys. But I think the draft's been like it has been all the other years. But with them two it makes it very special.

InsideHoops.com: Are there any draft rules you would change, anything to streamline the process even more or fix anything you think needs fixing?

Larry Bird: I just like to see the worst teams get the best picks. I think it's unfair at times. But I don't know how they're going to go ahead and do that.

InsideHoops.com: Possibly do away with the ping-pong ball process, or change it?

Larry Bird: I don't know, I just like to see the worst teams get the best players.

InsideHoops.com: Yeah, I guess it's tough to figure out the best possible way to make that happen.

Larry Bird: Yeah.

InsideHoops.com: And the Pacers, you're kind of in a transitional period right now. You made some team-changing trades during the season, and it seems like you can now go in a lot of directions.

Larry Bird: We got 11 new players since last year. We made a couple of trades and we're probably not done yet. We're looking at our team and we got a lot of young players, so we might go that direction.

InsideHoops.com: And I know you've been asked this before, but have you thought about going back into coaching? I thought you did a terrific job.

Larry Bird: No, I enjoyed it while I did it, but I just want to do three years, so I'm moving on.

InsideHoops.com: How has the NBA changed from when you played to now, in terms of offense, game-play, everything?

Larry Bird: I don't think it's changed that much. A lot of people talk about the change, but to me, everything changes, teams change, one year it's the Celtics, next year it's Philadelphia. It changes all the time.

InsideHoops.com: Expansion has definitely broken up the clumps of stars getting to play together.

Larry Bird: Yes it has. Watered down.

InsideHoops.com: And final question, when you played I thought there was a lot more cutting, and players seeing the cutters and hitting them. More movement. Do you think there's a lot less fundamental movement now, more standing around and watching?

Larry Bird: I don't know. It's still basketball. The games are played different ways. Coaches influence a lot of it. But overall I think it's a great game and I still love it.







MAIN BASKETBALL SECTIONS
Home
NBA
College
High School
Streetball
WNBA
D-League
Basketball Forum
BASKETBALL SOCIAL MEDIA
On Twitter
RSS (of our blog)
On YouTube
On Facebook
On Google+
On Instagram
KEY BBALL SITE INFO
About Us
Contact Us
Advertise
Write For Us

All content copyright 1999-2014, InsideHoops.com. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Terms of Use.
Partner with USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Owned by InsideHoops Media Inc.