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05/16/2012 - 2:13pm
Pacers' Bird named Executive of the Year
By: DJ Bean

Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird was named the NBA's 2011-12 Executive of the Year, the league announced Wednesday. The distinction adds to an already impressive list of accomplishments, as Bird is now the only person in league history to be named the league's Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year. 

Bird was a three-time MVP in his playing days with the Celtics, earning the distinction in 1984, '85 and '86. He was named Coach of the Year in the 1997-98 season for leading the Pacers to a 58-24 record. 

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05/16/2012 - 12:13pm
Rivers named to NBA competition committee

Celtics coach Doc Rivers is one of three head coaches named to a new competition committee that also includes two owners, four general managers and a representative from the National Basketball Players Association. The committee previously was comprised of the 30 general managers.

The other members include: owners Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers) and Joe Lacob (Warriors); general managers Bryan Colangelo (Raptors), Mitch Kupchak (Lakers), Kevin O’Connor (Jazz), and Sam Presti (Thunder); and coaches Rick Carlisle (Mavericks), Lionel Hollins (Grizzlies) and Rivers. The NBPA will designate one of its members to serve on the committee.

The competition committee votes on rule changes, and its recommendations will be brought to the Board of Governors. The first meeting will take place during the NBA finals.

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05/16/2012 - 11:52am
Pietrus: 'Bad memories' in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- The last time Mickael Pietrus and the Celtics were at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, the versatile reserve was taken off the court in a stretcher. Piertus suffered a severe concussion after he hit hit the floor while driving to the basket and he said the memory is always with him.

"I’m not going to lie you, it’s bad memories for me," Pietrus said. "My life could have been a different life. I’m blessed, coming back here for the playoffs."

Pietrus said before Game 2 that he will get arthroscopic surgery on his right knee -- the same procedure he had after last season -- but he's delaying it until after the season. He will also be dealing with the after-effects of his concussion. 

"That’s something I’m trying to put behind me, but I really can’t," he said. "I’ve been through it. I’m trying to. Sometimes just by playing I have flashes....

05/16/2012 - 8:13am
Mashup: RI tries to save Schilling's company

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee revealed Tuesday that he has called the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss financial problems at former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company.

Two years after relocating from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to take advantage of a $75 million taxpayer-backed loan, Schilling's company missed a loan-guarantee payment of $1.125 million, setting off red flags.

“We’re concerned and just doing everything possible to ensure that 38 Studios stays part of the Rhode Island community,” Chafee told Providence TV station WPRI earlier this week. “We’re working on different issues with them.” Asked whether he thinks 38 Studios can be stabilized, Chafee paused and said: “We’re working on it.”

Last June, PriceWaterhouseCoopers audited 38 Studios and expressed "substantial doubt...

05/16/2012 - 3:32am
Papelbon: Sox didn't value durability

PHILADELPHIA -- Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, now a member of the Phillies, said that he was not surprised when the Red Sox did not make him an offer to retain his services as a free agent. However, the four-time All-Star also said that he believes the Sox failed to appreciate the value of his durability in a position at which numerous pitchers -- including his anticipated replacement in Boston, Andrew Bailey -- have gone down with injuries this year. Papelbon added that he had remained healthy since the time of a right shoulder subluxation in September 2006 in spite of numerous disagreements with the Red Sox training staff.

"No, I don't [think so]," Papelbon said of whether the Sox properly valued his durability. "I feel like I have [been one of the most durable closers in the game]. ... I feel like I've been durable just as much as anybody else out there. I know myself better than anybody. I know myself better than any...

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