Bird, The Shooter

first_imgThe argument keeps going on debating who is the best shooter ever to play pro basketball.  Most of the experts agree that Larry Bird has the stats to back it up.  He played 13 years for the Boston Celtics.  During that time he shot .496 from the 2-point range and .376 from 3.  His average for the 13-year career was 24.3 points per game.  Several other players have beat one or the other of these stats, but none of them have done it for as long as Bird did.Stephen Curry, Chris Mullins, and Kevin Durant are the names that people bring up when they think they have people who were better shooters than Bird.  Mullins had a great career and shot better from the 3-point range, but he did not match up to Bird in all 3 categories.  Curry and Durant have not played long enough to merit the title.Old timers will still say Oscar Robertson was the best.  They bring up the fact that Oscar averaged a triple-double (ppg, rpg, and apg) for his career.  Those who say Bird is still the best argue that Oscar was not a 3-point shooter.  Here are the stats (provided by the Indy Star), now you make up your mind!last_img read more

Ferdinand ready to battle for place

first_img “It was the same last season,” he told Press Association Sport. “There is a great history and it is part of the club with young players coming through and establishing themselves and I am all for that, but I want to play games. “I want to play for Man United and the young lads are going to have to fight to get in the team just like I did when I was a kid. “Now it is roles reversed but it is obvious if you want to win things you have to have rivalry within the squad and it is done the right way here – whoever gets the shirt is supported by everyone.” It will be up to new United boss David Moyes who his first-choice defensive pairing will be as the former Everton manager take the baton following years of unparalleled success under Sir Alex Ferguson. The additions of long-serving Old Trafford favourites Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville to the coaching staff have been the major moves of Moyes’ first few weeks in charge, which have largely been spent on a tour of Australia and the Far East. “I think with a new manager there is a big change in the club, the biggest change for the last 20 years,” said Ferdinand, who was speaking while promoting his new book Rio: My Decade as a Red. “He seems so far to be very open. He seems like he wants to get immersed in the club and he wants to find out about the history of the club. “He is talking to senior players about different aspects of the club and what we have done and working out where we have been before he got there – adding his own beliefs and ideas to what we have got as a championship-winning team is a good platform to work from. “I think the manager has done well appointing Giggsy to his coaching staff, he knows the club inside out, as does Phil Neville. “So, alongside his own team, he will have the right people around him to give him the right advice when he needs it and when he asks and hopefully that will steer us in the right direction to win things.” Press Association Rio Ferdinand knows he faces a fight to play every week for Manchester United in the coming season – but it is a fight he is desperate to win.center_img The 34-year-old defender is about to enter his 12th season at Old Trafford, having joined from Leeds for a then-club record fee in the summer of 2002, and this year he will face stiffer competition than ever from the club’s younger players such as Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. With fellow defender and club captain Nemanja Vidic injured for long periods of last season, Ferdinand found himself as the elder statesman of the Red Devils’ back four but now the former England skipper is ready to fight for a place in the starting line-up of the defending champions. last_img read more