Maybe what we know now is that Larry Bird is not just a figurehead. It appears he is bound and determined to focus and mold this team into his vision of an NBA contender. And the work begins yesterday, not some random moving point off in the future. It will be interesting seeing how Pacer fans, and in particular fans of Donnie Walsh, accept this new direction. If these past few days are indictative of what we can expect in the future, then the future will be looking much differently. I think we can expect a shorter leash. Larry Bird is the man who left Dale Davis and Travis Best behind because they were a few moments late for a team flight.