Thursday Bullets

  • Brian Windhorst says Kyrie Irving will be Cleveland's pick.

  • Larry Bird on ESPN Radio in Dallas, talking about LeBron James (via Sports Radio Interviews): "He brought a lot of it on himself, but here’s what I feel about LeBron: he’s as good as anyone that’s ever played this game. I think he’s going to win a lot of titles; I think he’s going to continue to get better. To me, he’s an amazing athlete, he’s never been hurt, he’s got the body of a football player and he’s got skill. I just think he’s off the charts good. And I think his time is going to come. I think they did a remarkable job in Miami this year bringing that team together and getting where they got. They’ll get better next year. Their time is going to come if he stays healthy, and he’s going to have a lot of success in this league and win championships."

  • You know what I find distasteful? How harmful stories about superstars tend to find their legs only once the superstar has lost value. It's Shaquille O'Neal, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lance Armstrong at the moment, all of whom have manifested vocal accusers only upon retirement. The timing is either coincidence, or that somebody in the know held back their morals, or scoop, or whatever is motivating this now in each case, once the stars lost power and income potential. That's cheap.

  • Serge Ibaka was good at blocking shots when he played professionally in Spain. Bismack Biyombo is better.

  • The Bobcats gave up Tyson Chandler for nothing.

  • A decade is a long time for Sixers fans.

  • Be Like Dirk.

  • “It’s every kid’s dream to lick the Larry O’Brien Trophy.’’

  • You might be surprised by Omri Casspi's strength.

  • If only the whole LeBron James hatred story were as charming and fun as it sounds here. I mean, I really like that version, and prefer it over reality. Of course it's fine to root against a team or player you don't like. Yes, a ton of people involved see sports figures as fictitious characters. But ... they're not, even if some of them sometimes play along. And the "rooting against" LeBron, at least online, has gone light years past "I hope you lose" and well into mindless character assassination.

  • Jimmer Fredette gets good reviews after a workout in Utah.