I've been thinking about this since the entire training staff was re-assigned.
Has Bird now officially taken over the reigns of the franchise? Don't get me wrong, as long as Walsh is alive & connected to the Pacers he will always be consulted. But there just have been subtle & in the case of the training staff not so subtle differances we've seen this off-season.
Case in point. I have yet to read, hear or see any comment by Walsh about last nights draft picks. Now last season he let Bird be front & center but the local press still sought him out & got his thoughts.
This year, nothing.
The entire training staff thing just did not sound like Walsh at all. He would never have done something like that publicly to Craig. Even if he wanted to move him out of being the lead trainer I think he would have just transfered some duty's & not taken away the title publicly. On the other hand, this sounds like Bird.
The pick apperantly was a no brainer, so I'm sure there was no debate at all on this. But still I've never EVER seen Walsh this disconnected to the process before.
A new day may be dawning in Indiana. Again, I will state that as long as he's connected he will have the ultimate say, but I now actually beleive that Bird may be making player moves without directly working with Donnie.
Good or bad? We will see.