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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Ken Kersey

Paducah, KY

#137 Feb 24, 2007
I think these players that have acted childish in public should be sitting on the bench for a while to think about what they have done and how they have embarrassed the Pacers Franchise!
JJJ

AOL

#138 Feb 24, 2007
Tinsley has been nothing but trouble for a number of years. If it is not criminal activities, it is injuries that keep him off the floor. Dump him! NOW
Carey from Carmel IN

Louisville, KY

#139 Feb 24, 2007
Larry, it was good to read what is on your mind in this interview and also tosee you interviewed on tonight's Channel 6 10pm news-we like to know you are at the helm of this ship even in difficult times!

Let us know the Pacer's Organization strongly disappoves of and is disappointed in the alleged behavior if it is true-and that hopefully they are exonerated.(even if does not look like they will be).

We realize that you cannot "control" 100% player's off-court behavior, nor do we expect you to within the law, but we need to know someone is turning on the "heat" under these guys and holding them accountable once they get arrested and that you have directly communicated your disappointment (to each player individualiy) in their risky decision making (like Coach Dungy did) even if they are found innocent eventually. They do not need to prove their "Steet Cred"-ibility to anyone..but they do need to learn and believe that it takes the "bigger man" to walk away from and around trouble makers now-even if it goes against having to prove their manhood in the "hood" in their recent past.

These young men have the opportunity of a lifetime to establish a family legacy of pride and success that will not be there forever because even if they stay out of trouble one never knows about injury etc so they must value the "precious present".

We want to know you have told each player directly how negatively it effects the team, franchise, and fan goodwill and attendance. This will assure fans that not only are the players learning Indiana basketball, but that Indiana Values and Character expectations of Indiana Fans are also being firmly communicated and expectations are in place.

If you do that and communicate it via media to the fan base and ask for their continued support during this difficult time-then I feel you may just be surprised at the swell of support you may personaly receive as Larry Bird the Leader of this Team.

Here is how Dungy communicated with the press regarding Rhoades recent DUI; Memorize the parts about "very very disappointed" to be in this situation even if they are found innocent-distraction etc. Fans need to hear this from you also-even before the trial.

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article ...

I know you may not enjoy the spotlight of these TV interviews but stay relaxed and remember-the fans still need to hear from you and be reassured you have it under control (echo Dungy statement about disappointment but witholding judgement until the facts are uncovered in the legal process)..
Carey from Carmel IN

Louisville, KY

#140 Feb 24, 2007
Corrected Link to Colt's Coach Tony Dungy's responce regarding Rhoades DUI;

http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...
Dirigo

Freedom, ME

#142 Feb 24, 2007
sorry for Bird wrote:
This has been going on for over a year and all we get is excuses or inaction.....Bird has done nothing...now the organization realizes that attendance is going down.....season ticket renewals will be horrible and the Pacers are no longer the city's team....let Tinsley and the thugs go...and Bird also since he apparently lacks the balls to take a stand.
Wanted a leader with championship experience to get it done. Thank you the 16 time world champions the Boston Celtics. 33 belongs in beantown. D.J. NO.3 YOU THE MAN.
good idea

United States

#143 Feb 24, 2007
DUMP TINSLEY DUMP TINSLEY DUMP TINSLEY DUMP TINSLEY that should be the chant of the Pacers crowds until the Simons understand and believe that this city is tired of the Pacers and their lame excuses about their thuggish players......
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#146 Feb 25, 2007
Dagger63 wrote:
<quoted text>ok here comes the chief again. Let's make it all about race so he can get his little jollys
Make it what you want. I don't really care. Why don't you listen to a little sports radio on XM and see what they are saying about the NBA. Stern has alot of problems within the league. They were shocked that they made it through the All Star weekend without any players getting in trouble. Oh! Pacman Jones took care of that for them with his little riot at the strip club where a bouncer got shot and is now paralyzed. Keep your head buried in the sand and act like you don't see it going on. The black hip hop bling bling flash flash fight and shoot players are the problem and if they happen to black then that ought to tell you something. I'm not a racist. I am a realist. The white and foreign players have different ways of life and that makes them better people and better players. The Olmpics prove that. Why can't our best beat their best anymore? Or is that a racist question too?
TB Chief

Decatur, IL

#147 Feb 25, 2007
Dagger63 wrote:
<quoted text>ok here comes the chief again. Let's make it all about race so he can get his little jollys
Oh yeah! instead of criticising me for having an opinion why don't you tell us how you would fix the Indiana Pacers and the Cinncinatti Bengals and the entire NBA's problems with arrests and drugs and violence. Or are you just one of those little people that jump on which ever side is most popular Whether you agree or not. I say like I feel and that is my right. At least I am not a coward. Besides like I said I am a realist and the Facts speak for themselves.
ISU alum

United States

#148 Feb 25, 2007
I graduated from ISU so Larry Bird has a special place in my heart but....he isn't going to fix anything with the Pacers until he quits making excuses for them and quits hiring thugs and other teams' troublemakers. Get rid of Tinsley and Daniels.
Lilly_s Dad

Brooklyn, NY

#149 Feb 25, 2007
Just when you think the Pacers will get over the hump, they either collapse on the court or get in trouble off the court...Without Reggie, they seem rudderless in both places and Jermaine is a good player and guy but he's not the man. Donnie Walshback in 100 % control is the only one that can save us.
smellin like a rose

United States

#150 Feb 25, 2007
ISU alum wrote:
I graduated from ISU so Larry Bird has a special place in my heart but....he isn't going to fix anything with the Pacers until he quits making excuses for them and quits hiring thugs and other teams' troublemakers. Get rid of Tinsley and Daniels.
Do you think he's got the strength to do that? I doubt it -- I think the Simons will have to ultinmately get involved and probably get rid of Bird -- he's not a leader -- a good player--yes, he was -- but he's no leader...that team needs one of those really badly now that RM is gone.
correction

United States

#151 Feb 25, 2007
Unfortunately I think you are right. I like Bird but he's not doing his job ........
smellin like a rose wrote:
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Do you think he's got the strength to do that? I doubt it -- I think the Simons will have to ultinmately get involved and probably get rid of Bird -- he's not a leader -- a good player--yes, he was -- but he's no leader...that team needs one of those really badly now that RM is gone.

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