Bird thinks Pacers can clean up problems

Bird thinks Pacers can clean up problems

There are 132 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 23, 2007, titled Bird thinks Pacers can clean up problems. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The off-court issues involving members of the Indiana Pacers over the past few months have taken an emotional toll on team president Larry Bird, but he expects better days for the team's fans.

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fan

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Feb 23, 2007
I hope Bird is right
Por Favor

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Feb 23, 2007
This why I quit watching basketball a long time ago. I love Larry Bird, but GO COLTS!
Robert Smith

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Feb 23, 2007
I like Larry, but this is the same old story we hear week after week.
WhatsUp

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Feb 23, 2007
I don't understand why Pacer team members are allowed to frequent night clubs and/or bars during the season anyway. Just proves that management has NO control and the players are NOT focused on the job they're being paid mega-bucks to do.
Vegas

West Lafayette, IN

#5 Feb 23, 2007
I was in Vegas during the All-Star game weekend and heard of several shooting involving All Star game attendees. Glad to hear none of Pacers were involved.
ERJ

United States

#6 Feb 23, 2007
It's about time that Larry speaks up.
Nice But

Carmel, IN

#7 Feb 23, 2007
Actions speak louder than words Larry. Lets so what you can do.
Middle Ground

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Feb 23, 2007
"It means a lot to me. When something happens to them I get very depressed and very down," Larry Bird

That is why Bird should be fired. He said "when something happens to them," not "when they do something." Them getting into bar fights, smoking weed, carrying guns, etc. did not "happen to them." It is things that they do that get them into trouble. Which is why Daniels and Tinsley should have been gone before the trade deadline. Cut them for all we care! Get them out of Pacers uniforms.

No more excuses from the Pacers, no more rationalizing from the fans. Fire Bird. And this summer, dump Tinsley and Daniels for whatever they can get.
Yep

Muncie, IN

#9 Feb 23, 2007
Here's an easy solution: Send em to Baltimore--and in exchange, we can get a team from somwhere else!
MrDon

Fort Wayne, IN

#10 Feb 23, 2007
Finally - maybe some straight talk. I look forward to reading the whole interview and hope that the Star or pacers.com posts every word.
Carol

Wentzville, MO

#11 Feb 23, 2007
Larry--you have been a faovorite player of mine for ages. However, I would like to hear a term better than "I think we can do it." Start imposing heavier penalties for your players and fast! I no longer watch the Pacers play on TV.
Show me

Bridgeport, WV

#12 Feb 23, 2007
What's the old saying? "Actions speak louder than words."
Rich from Indy

Kansas City, MO

#13 Feb 23, 2007
This is what they need to do. Larry needs to take the bull by the horns and talk to the fans. Let them know that they're going to clean this up.

It's a step in the right direction and i'm glad he did this.
Choreboy

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Feb 23, 2007
Action speak louder than words Larry. This is just another year we can write of because of this or because of that. I hope you realize that at some point it will be to late to repair the damage and it may not be players that are shown the door. Front office people need to start thinking about that, everybody, even you Ricky. Good luck, shot clock is ticking and an overtime is possible, but not if we continue to foul and send this organization to the line.
Bettay

Louisville, OH

#15 Feb 23, 2007
Well, if they're going to represent the entire state of Indiana, I wish they would.

Otherwise, we'll have to re-name them the Guvners!!
Rich from Indy

Kansas City, MO

#16 Feb 23, 2007
WhatsUp wrote:
I don't understand why Pacer team members are allowed to frequent night clubs and/or bars during the season anyway. Just proves that management has NO control and the players are NOT focused on the job they're being paid mega-bucks to do.
Uh, i don't get what your saying? Every athlete in the world on any team can do whatever they want or go anywhere they want when they walk out of the door. The Pacers aren't responsible for what some of these idiots do when they go out on their own.

Every city in the country has these issues. Get over yourself and stop being retarded. Every team has problem players that make bad choices.

The real question is how Pacers management handles these things after the fact.
Indy Ike

Batavia, OH

#17 Feb 23, 2007
An open letter to Larry;

ACTIONS speak louder than words. You say you want no more "incidents" well then you need to clean house, or just bench these thugs for the rest of the season.(Think Eagles and TO. It sent a POWERFUL message)
New Palasteen Farmboy

Schiller Park, IL

#19 Feb 23, 2007
Is there anybody in the NBA with "character" anymore ?? White, Black, European, Oriental ?? Doesn't make a difference to me. Just put some players on the floor my kid can look up to and I might consider blowing my weekly budget for a game.
Somebody

Muncie, IN

#20 Feb 23, 2007
I think Larry Bird needs to take a cue from Donald trump, when it comes to Tinsley & Thugs: "You're Fired!"

Since: Jan 07

Noblesville

#21 Feb 23, 2007
WhatsUp wrote:
I don't understand why Pacer team members are allowed to frequent night clubs and/or bars during the season anyway. Just proves that management has NO control and the players are NOT focused on the job they're being paid mega-bucks to do.
The problem is the player contract places the restrictions on the teams, not the players. They do not want the teams to be able to stiffle their freedom to get into trouble.

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