Read it at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...5/spurs/4.html
Here's an excerpt:
• On changing the personality of his team:
"When players don't fit together, it's going to affect the attitude. If guys are trying to do the same things, that's not going to work. Al wants to shoot the ball and he wants to post up, and that's OK. But we've got Jermaine who we're going to post up. In the long run didn't think they were going to fit together.
"They were friends, very close friends, so I think they didn't want to acknowledge it. But it was always going to be there, the feeling that one is holding the other back.''
What's hard for me to deal with is that DW matter of factly discusses AL's 'faults', i.e. why AL didn't work out.
YET, he was the GM when AL was with the Pacers previously. Was he completely clueless as to AL's game (then and with the Pacers) or did he anticipate some miraculous transformation? Seems like DW and LB did much research (NOT) and pondered long and hard (NOT) before giving up a precious 2007 #1 for AL.
For this alone DW needs to be relieved of his duties.
Can we get the owner to read this quote?
Bird can always explain away his part by claiming that he spent a good deal of the year SCOUTING in Europe, hoping to dig up a few more jems (we know how that worked out).