Bird's eye view of Pacers unsettling

Bird's eye view of Pacers unsettling

There are 93 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 23, 2008, titled Bird's eye view of Pacers unsettling. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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Dave

Lexington, KY

#90 Feb 24, 2008
Bird is doing the right thing. He's always said that he would make any trade that would make the Pacers better, and he's following through on that pledge. He saw no trade that would compensate the team adequately, and I'll trust his judgement more than the other posters. Trading O'Neal or Tinsley, when their market value is so low, would be foolish.

CDUB

Greenfield, IN

#91 Feb 25, 2008
Bird says, "When you look at our cap, he takes almost a third of our cap and we expect, when you pay a guy what we're paying him, he's got to produce."

Ya think? They should have traded him 2 seasons ago when he still had some value. No team in their right mind is going to take on his 22 mil a year salary. He should feel obligated to give the team back some of those big dollars for not holding up his end of the bargain.
Eye in the Sky

United States

#92 Feb 26, 2008
Here's what we do, we draft Butler's Graves, Campbell, Green and Betko. We draft Luke Harangody from Notre Dame and Robbie Hummel from Purdue when their times come. We can get a team that is relatively crime-less, can play great defense, shoot the ball like nobody's business, and a team of local boys the fans can get behind. Shazam, sooner or later we will have a contender again if that approach is taken.

I'd rather see a team we can get behind and root for, than a team full of "athletes" that spend more time getting in trouble and sucking.
latte

United States

#93 Feb 28, 2008
Just another case of the white man trying to take the black man down because he has money.

“Everything You Know is Wrong”

Since: Nov 07

Naptown

#94 Feb 28, 2008
I with the IPS grads 46% guy. Before Bird's tenure we didn't have thugs. And we were competitive/winning most of the time.

Now we've had to endue Artest/Jackson/Tinsley/William s/Daniels etc. and small wonder, we're NOT winning. Portland used to be NBA's home for wayward citizens, now it's Indiana. Why in the world Donnie and the Simons are putting up with this is way beyond me.

Let's get rid of the thugs and get some good citizens. They'll get fan support even if they lose and my bet is that with any luck at all, we'll win because good citizen players are more likely focused on basketball than strip clubs, guns and drugs.

C'mon Larry. Pull the trigger on these guys and let's start fresh with Dunleavy, Murphy, Diener, Rush and company as a core. Cut your losses and learn from this!

“Everything You Know is Wrong”

Since: Nov 07

Naptown

#95 Feb 28, 2008
Oh, I didn't meant to leave out Danny Granger. He's a big key to our future. What a player!
still_a_fan

AOL

#96 Feb 28, 2008
Eye in the Sky wrote:
Here's what we do, we draft Butler's Graves, Campbell, Green and Betko. We draft Luke Harangody from Notre Dame and Robbie Hummel from Purdue when their times come.
wow! that's such a great idea because it's REALLY that easy to just DRAFT all of those guys. there is a big difference between the nba draft and college recruiting.
all the haters need to step off. geesh, no wonder sampson cheated...all the pressure to win in the blink of an eye. haven't you ever heard that "good things come to those who wait?"
oldady

United States

#97 Feb 28, 2008
Take off your rose colored glasses Larry. Jermaine is done for the Pacers he wants to be with Isaiah. Let him go! Get rid of the other trouble makers that are always in trouble with the law. We don't need that kind of riff-raft for "Our Children" to idolize. We need good moral men! We need more Jeff Fosters, Mike Dunleavey's, Troy Murphy's,etc. We really have some good decent men on OUR team and you need to get rid of the dead wood so that they can have some good help.

You need to have a clause in their contracts stating if they get into trouble with the law, then they are gone. If they are hurt and can't play, then they have so long and then they are gone. It is not fair to the other players to carry the load and load sitting on the bench is making 6 or 7 times what they make. That is not fair either. Their wages should ALL be pretty much the same.
oldady

United States

#98 Feb 28, 2008
Grayt0 wrote:
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Diener was not signed for little money $4MM for 3/4 years ...He was an end of bench guy for a losing team.
That's better than $22mil for SITTING on the bench. You see J.O. out he doesn't seem to have any knee problems. His main thing to do in New York is to see Isaiah.
oldady

United States

#99 Feb 28, 2008
Mark wrote:
The Pacers need to upgrade from Bird to a real President. A decent ballplayer doesn't translate into front office success and Bird is a prime example of this. He help create this mess, fire Bird and upgrade the front office.
Perhaps George Bush?
larry not larry bird

United States

#100 Mar 5, 2008
This trade and draft and free agency shoud have happened this year not put the fans through this bs this year so no longer a pacer fan.
larry not larry bird

United States

#101 Mar 5, 2008
sell this whole franchise and larry can go join danny in boston where he belongs he in it for the money thats all its about to him not what the fans think.
larry not larry bird

United States

#102 Mar 5, 2008
take the jews money larry right

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