By Larry Bird | June 28, 2008
I wish I could tell you everything we did to make the team better during the NBA Draft Thursday night but I can tell you this: We have a brighter future today than we did a few weeks ago.
There's a lot of media speculation about trades involving our team and our draft picks but, because of some of the league's procedural and salary cap rules, the teams involved are prohibited from discussing anything until all the final details are ironed out. The NBA has a moratorium on announcing transactions from July 1 through July 8, meaning the earliest we could say something officially is July 9.
Regardless of the technicalities, we're very happy with what we were able to do. We made some strides in terms of talent, athleticism, experience, maturity and depth. We also added players that can get up and down the court and should really fit in well with Jim O'Brien's system. Any time you're able to pick up talent, to get pieces you can move forward with, I think that's a plus for the franchise.
We're going to try to be active the rest of the summer. There's some areas we think we need filled, but in some positions we're pretty strong. I know we've got a lot of things to do and we've got some ideas, so hopefully, some of them will go through for us.
We're also changing the culture of the team. If you look at some of the players mentioned in the trade reports, they're a little bit older, they went to school for a few years and that's part of the change: more mature guys, some experience and getting guys we think can come in here and play right away.
Even though we still have some work to do, we are heading in the right direction.
Ignite the Passion. Restore the Pride.