Ex-Celtics great Larry Bird has filed a lawsuit alleging a couple who bought his former home in southern Indiana are improperly using his name to promote a bed-and-breakfast.
The lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Evansville, claims Georgianna Lincoln and Christopher Cooke did not have permission to use the Hall of Famer's name with the property and are profiting off his trademark by stating the home belonged to him.
"Everybody in French Lick calls it Larry Bird's home," Cooke said. "All I know is they told us certain things when we were considering purchasing the property, and after we bought it they had a different story."
Bird, now president of the Indiana Pacers, has trademarked his name and likeness.
Rookie team namedAl Horford and Kevin Durant headlined the All-Rookie team.
Atlanta's Horford was the only unanimous choice with 58 votes, followed by Seattle's Durant, the Rookie of the Year, with 57 in balloting by the league's coaches.
Houston's Luis Scola, Los Angeles Clippers forward Al Thornton, and Seattle's Jeff Green also made the first team.
The second team was Toronto's Jamario Moon, Memphis's Juan Carlos Navarro, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, Detroit's Rodney Stuckey, and Houston's Carl Landry.