The Washington Times-Herald

State News

November 5, 2013

Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute


For the record, Boston emerged victorious 118-116.

Ainge, who played for the Celtics in that game, hasn¹t forgotten it either.

"Larry wasn't feeling great at that time in his career," Ainge pointed out. "His back and his Achilles tendons were bothering him.

"Larry used to make a living off what we referred to as 'a step-back jumpshot.' He would dribble the ball toward the basket, then jump backward and shoot a fadeaway. It was a patented move of Larry's that he was able to do consistently [before his injuries]. But that became a little more challenging for him to do because his Achilles tendons were sore and he didnt have the same lift and balance on his shot.

"So I remember Larry working on a new shot [in early 1988], like a jump hook from about 12 or 15 feet. He was working on it before that game, then he implemented it in that game. I always found that fascinating. Here's a guy — he wasn't able to do what he normally does — who finds another way to do something else and be equally effective. Larry was far from 100 percent physically for that game. So for him to still do what he did was incredible."

Ainge said he wasn't surprised that this epic showdown happened the way it did.

"They were two of the greatest offensive players in the NBA at that time," he emphasized. "Dominique did everything he could that night."

Bird: 'brilliant,' 'very kind¹

Walton said Bird lived for moments such as the one against Atlanta in 1988 — on and off the court.

"Larry, in life, is just like how he was on the court — very serious about getting the job done but always wanting to have fun along the way," Walton explained. "As a player, Larry was always 20 moves ahead of everybody else. He was like a brilliant chess player. He was [Garry] Kasparov. He was [Bobby] Fischer. Larry had that [mental element to his game]. But it was not just in basketball; it was in life as well. He had a sense of anticipation, a sense of always knowing what was going to happen before anybody else did."

Text Only
State News
  • Our view: Throw open the doors

    As allegations and scandals continue to explode about hidden wait lists and cooked books at VA medical care facilities across the country, with hints of even more heinous findings to come, we have to wonder why it's business as usual in our nation's

    May 29, 2014

  • nws-gb011714 Land Zeppelin 2 (front page pic) Inventor hopes Bike Zeppelin takes off GREENSBURG - A local civil engineer has created a Zeppelin-shaped apparatus that allows bicyclists to ride in the rain without getting wet. Greensburg resident Jim Gorman remembers the day that inspiration struck: Nov. 22, 2011. It rained all day, an

    January 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • Legislator pushes for public disclosure of former meth homes INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Wendy McNamara knew methamphetamine was a scourge on her district in southwestern Indiana, but the damaging effects of the drug really hit her when she met a real estate appraiser who’d suffered lung damage after visiting a

    December 14, 2013

  • Bird statue to be unveiled in Terre Haute Serving double duty as a baseball infielder for the American League's Toronto Blue Jays and basketball guard for Brigham Young University, 20-year-old Danny Ainge found time in March 1979 to drive from Provo, Utah, to Salt Lake City to catch an in-pe

    November 5, 2013

  • news school bill.jpg Pence announces school safety grants

    Flanked by fourth-grade members of the Ambassadors Club and student council at Cedar Elementary School here, Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants for schools statewide to enhance their security.

    November 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Coats returns home to listen to Hoosiers INDIANAPOLIS -- Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Coats returned home to Indiana this week, hoping to turn the political conversation away from a failed GOP strategy that partially shut down the federal government and toward what he sees as more critical issu

    October 24, 2013

  • Congressman standing firm on government shutdown

    Todd Rokita of Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District has been an outspoken opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — a k a Obamacare — since it was signed into law in 2010.

    On Tuesday, the first day the federal government partially shut down in 17 years, the Republican congressman wasn’t backing down.

    October 1, 2013

  • Laws that carry automatic loss of driver's license under review INDIANAPOLIS -- The legislative study committee that proposed the massive rewrite of Indiana's felony code will soon take on another tough issue: The automatic penalty that causes thousands of Hoosiers to lose their driving privileges for committing

    September 19, 2013

  • Gingerich_AP PHOTO.jpg Prison sentence of 12-year-old prompts new juvenile sentencing law

    Three years ago, when 12-year-old Paul Henry Gingerich became the youngest person in Indiana ever sent to prison as an adult, his story gained international attention and sparked questions about whether children belong behind bars with grown-up offenders.

    June 14, 2013 2 Photos

  • Supt_Ritz 1 .jpg Ritz orders independent analysis of ISTEP results

    Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz has hired an outside expert to determine the validity of ISTEP+ test scores of nearly 80,000 students who were kicked offline while taking the high-stakes standardized test.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo