The team is underachieving, not only record-wise, but also in how they play the game, team chemistry, effort, and all that.
What are the chances that Bird waits for a deal to get done, and Carlisle suddenly sees a need to be with his family?
Maybe he does it without a trade and actually brings Ron back somehow (remember - Ron's comments were targetted at Carlisle)?
And here's the grassy knoll part:
What if that was the plan all along? What if Ron was voicing Larry? Could it have been planned that Larry would be on a mysterious "scouting-trip" EXACTLY when this ordeal began? Could this have been the reason that we never heard a peep from LB - the team's GM for crying out loud - all this time. Could his timing be more suspicious, speaking after 2 losses, with the third probably coming in tonight?
Larry backed Ron. Carlisle pushed him away.
Larry brought Saras. Carlisle is playing him at SG.
There are probably more professional differences that we dont know (Harrison, Croshere, Granger, AJ, Tinsley, even JO).
Larry is a Legend. Carlisle is the guy who cant make it over the hill.
Could Larry Bird be pulling a "Riley" here?