That article, and comment you referenced, have me wondering some things as well.
-Who did Bird think was not allowing Ron the freedom he deserved (or getting him an extra touch)? Was he talking about a player...players...coach?
And I do see the silence from Bird as curious right now. How hard is it to say "Donnie and I are doing everything in our power to see this situation come to its resolution for the betterment of everyone involved. I'd rather not talk publically about details" ?
Nuntius was right. I was wrong. Frank Vogel has retained his job.
"A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group, for the good of the group, thatís teamwork."
Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
And life itself, rushing over me
Life itself, the wind in black elms,
Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you
Perhaps Larry has egg on his face for supporting Ron behind the scenes. When all this hit the fan, he was embarrassed and just told Donnie, "You handle it."
Also, the jokes about depression may not be far from the truth. If I had more time, I would love to write a thread based on excerpts from both books written by Bird--particularly the first one--which reveals a guy with a pretty soft heart toward people. He can be a hardass on the court as an individual, but that doesn't necesarily carry over into being a disciplinarian and tough guy as a GM. Add to the mix his family life (father committed suicide) and you can see how having a guy like Ron betray you and make you look so stupid could put you in an emotional funk.
Larry Bird may be all-world as a basketball player, but he certainly has the background for someone who could have an emotional/depressive crisis over something like this.
Speculation, of course, but that's what this board is all about. But I will add that I have been entertaining these ideas for a couple of weeks now.
I'm sure you are right.
But you have to admit the silence from Bird on the issue is a little odd considering the magnitude of the event & considering that he is supposed to be guiding the basketball direction of the team & his outspoken support of Ron and.... well you know.
Either way I'm just glad that Donnie put his foot down.
bird has weighed in on today's indystar
front page. he says he felt "betrayed",
says that ron will "do fine" but "not here".
he's still talking western conference trade.
That is worthy of its own thread. I'll start one.