I do not, nor will I ever remotely suggest I know as much about the game as a lot of posters in this forum. But I do read about every thread and the reading has been really interesting over the past 24 hours. A lot of the reviews are in and the analysis of each of the players strengths and weaknesses discussed.
From my perspective, a lot of the younger members (30-) are the ones screaming about Bayless. It's the "superstar" mentality that permeates the NBA right now. It is also what has reduced the game to individuals and not teams.
I am absolutely convinced what Bird has done in the last two days is the beginning of building a TEAM. A squad that is not dominated by an individuals play or anchored by an individuals salary. Quite frankly, I was tired of hearing about our stars.
I think the "Butler" approach is going to work here. If anyone knows what a TEAM is it's Bird. Even in his superstar years in Boston it was still about TEAM. I think he had all the puzzle pieces in his head and I think he did a pretty d*mn good job of putting them together. This team has more balance than we've seen in quite a while. And I'm not sure he is done yet.
You did good Larry!
PS Tbird - I will be waiting for your analysis now of the TEAM.