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    http://www.wthr.com/story/18878911/l...ave-the-pacers

    I heard this today on WTHR as I was just waking up....thought I was having a nightmare! I looked everywhere for the past 30 minutes and finally found this on the station's website. I am not sure if it is just speculation or not. Yikes!!! Today could be interesting, to say the least.

    Also, FOX 59 is going to have Roy Hibbert and some of the Area 55 members on in the nine o'clock hour....heard that as I was looking for the Larry Bird news.
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    Maybe he is im just putting the pieces together and Maybe this is why we got Donnie back

    oh man i hope this isnt true

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    I have a hard time believing a story that spells it the "New York Nicks" .......


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    Excited about Pritchard being our GM. Sad to see Bird go, I never heard what his "health issues" are but I hope things are going to be good for him.

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    Oh man its from Wells this means its true

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    Believe it or not... The Indy Star "Print Edition" had this in our hands at 2:15am this morning right on the top banner!
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    Believe it or not... The Indy Star "Print Edition" had this in our hands at 2:15am this morning right on the top banner!
    have to admire Indy Star then. They must've told their online staff to keep it in house, and for quite a while.
    It takes a lot of confidence in your staff to do it nowadays, when every little whisper ends up on 100 blogs.

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    have to admire Indy Star then. They must've told their online staff to keep it in house, and for quite a while.
    It takes a lot of confidence in your staff to do it nowadays, when every little whisper ends up on 100 blogs.
    Normally, at our Star Media distribution center we receive the daily "METRO" paper at 1:45am... The delay was only 30mins today which tells me that you're probably right about The Star wanting this to be broken by the "Print Edition". For late breaking sports news we usually receive papers closer to 3-3:15am or later.
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    Normally, at our Star Media distribution center we receive the daily "METRO" paper at 1:45am... The delay was only 30mins today which tells me that you're probably right about The Star wanting this to be broken by the "Print Edition". For late breaking sports news we usually receive papers closer to 3-3:15am or later.
    Wells just confirmed this during his interview on Grady/Big Joe. He mentioned that he was worried that during the time that it took for this story to go to print someone like Wojo would swoop in and get the scoop because he is one of the best in the league.
    Thanks Mike for giving us "print edition" guys some love! Maybe I can sell some papers here on the west side!
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    I'm really surprised by this and the timing of it. Donnie/Pritchard have a tough act to follow. Have those two worked together before?

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    I'm really surprised by this and the timing of it. Donnie/Pritchard have a tough act to follow. Have those two worked together before?
    Tell me Walsh has no authority, TELL ME!

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    Funny thing, I never really felt I had a strong position on Bird as Pres until I read this. Suddenly Im gutted - and a little worried. Thanks again Legend.

    For the record I was similarly indifferent to the news of Walsh returning - however that indifference is mutating into premature horror at the thought he will be Bird's replacement. I always liked DW but it feels like the franchise has moved on - its time for new thinking, not old thinking.

    Does this shed any light on the Morway departure? Perhaps the key players (Simon, Morway, Pritchard) knew Bird was on the way out and it was clear Pritchard was the anointed successor? Does that make the Morway departure make any more sense? Does it explain the conspicuous absence of Pritchards naming coming up despite the plethora of GM jobs available? Im not really sure... (although it is a convenient interpretation of events that holds Pritchard will take the reins - something I am hoping for so may be a somewhat less than scientific analysis)
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    re the whole thing ---- Bird is known to change his mind on the subject, but this has been way over the top.

    Bird-Morway drama, Bird stays, Bird leaves.

    The next thing we know, Morway is back and Pritch is gone.

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    Ugh, Bird out and Walsh in.. I'm not liking this at all.. I really liked what bird was doing with the team.. And I don't trust Donnie. Not news I wanna hear first thing in the morning!

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    One of the things I was really shocked about when first joining pacersdigest was the level of ire and disdain people had for Donnie Walsh after some of the things that happened while he was here. I agree he isn't without fault, but who isn't? At the time the only person i could sort of understand the disdain for Walsh was Peck and it had more to do with the type of culture that he inadvertantly created by going purely after talent which is fair. I just wasn't one to play the blame game back when it felt like there was team bird and team walsh and every little event that transpired was a chance to point the finger at the other.

    I think one of the positives that this could bring about trying to look on the bright side of all of this is I think with Walsh/Pritchard we're going to be super agressive in the whole trading and free agency side of things, and I think that with Walsh being as close to Simon and has his trust maybe can convince him to spend a little extra here and there. I also think that the "overvaluing" of our own players that Bird seemed to have goes bye bye and anyone not named roy hibbert becomes tradeable. I think sometimes Bird kind of got too attached with the players (not a bad thing at all and something that's honestly lacking in probably most other teams' front offices), but people have said and I agreed with that as long as Larry Bird is around Granger isn't going anywhere.

    Whatever ends up happening I just hope everyone is on the same page going forward and we already have an idea of what direction we want to take this whole thing.

    Also random funny story I actually made my screen name here with Walsh in mind cause I thought if I made one with relation to some player they would end up getting traded and Walsh had already been here with us for forever thought "well it's not like he's going anywhere." **sigh**...oh past TheDon...there are so many things I wish I could tell you and sadly I cannot.

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    Sweet. So we're back to a two headed monster. A Simon guy in Morway gets canned, Bird's old friend Pritchard gets a promotion, now Simon's pal in Walsh is back.

    Walsh is pretty clearly insanely competent, but it just seems like at some point lines were drawn. I hope it's really Larry's back and just not wanting to do it anymore instead of the raising the payroll stuff. Herb and Mel never had a problem spending before, relative to the market size, but times are clearly different.

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    Ugh. This is ********.

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    Maybe Donnie's interim President.... with Larry taking a year off to rest, just throwing possiblities out there.

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    The timing of this mess is just absolutely bizarre. There is much more behind this than all of a sudden Bird's health says Larry you have to leave today... 2 days b4 the draft.

    I ain't buy'n it folks!

    There has to have been a breakdown between Herb and Bird. No other reason at this crucial point prior to the draft. Herb then brings in his security blanket Walsh.

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    The timing of this mess is just absolutely bizarre. There is much more behind this than all of a sudden Bird's health says Larry you have to leave today... 2 days b4 the draft.

    I ain't buy'n it folks!

    There has to have been a breakdown between Herb and Bird. No other reason at this crucial point prior to the draft. Herb then brings in his security blanket Walsh.
    Simon cheap doesn't wanna spend to make us real contenders. Sad day

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    I just don't understand. How does Larry go from the press conference and this picture of him working with prospects a few days ago...

    http://instagr.am/p/MLvgGdGYex/

    now he is just "leaving?"

    Doesn't sound right to me. If Bird doesn't stay president I would think he would still be working with the team somehow. Why be involved and then leave two days before the draft?

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    I just don't understand. How does Larry go from the press conference and this picture of him working with prospects a few days ago...

    http://instagr.am/p/MLvgGdGYex/

    now he is just "leaving?"

    Doesn't sound right to me. If Bird doesn't stay president I would think he would still be working with the team somehow. Why be involved and then leave two days before the draft?

    Yeah, we go from Bird at the end of May saying that he would "do it (return to the team) today if Herbie was here" and working with draft prospects as your pictures show to all of the sudden leaving on June 26? That makes no sense whatsoever. Something had to happen.

    http://www.masslive.com/celtics/inde...nts_to_re.html

    Sure, it could be his health. But at the end of May he was saying he wanted to come back and Bird is a man of very few words, so him being open and saying that clearly meant he wanted to come back. At the end of May, you would think that he would have clearly evaluated his health situation. Sure something unexpected could have happened, but you would think we would hear about it because health reasons would be the least controversial excuse.

    What a horrible way to start the off-season if all of this stuff is indeed true. Bird gone and Walsh back is completely sickening and is a total buzz kill. I always wanted Bird to say, but I could have lived with it had he left with someone like Pritchard taking over. But going back to Walsh is a giant step backward for this franchise.

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    I just don't understand. How does Larry go from the press conference and this picture of him working with prospects a few days ago...

    http://instagr.am/p/MLvgGdGYex/

    now he is just "leaving?"

    Doesn't sound right to me. If Bird doesn't stay president I would think he would still be working with the team somehow. Why be involved and then leave two days before the draft?

    This whole situation has had a smell for weeks. For 3 weeks, Bird and Simon were to have had a meeting that never transpired. It was constantly re-scheduled for the the coming next week. I have mentioned I couldn't understand not having the meeting b4 the week of the draft. A draft week meeting didn't make sense. Something didn't smell right.

    When I heard Walsh was attending workouts, voiced my displeasure. Now, it's obvious why he was there. There was reason why the Exec of the Year met with the Magic's ownership, and it wasn't b/c Bird wanted a "free lunch." Sure, it can be played that it's Bird's health is the reason for his departure, but I find it odd Walsh had numerous health issues in NY and kept his job. To me this is an ownership and Bird not seeing eye to eye going forward situation, and the easing out of Bird with Simon not looking like the bad guy. Sort of like Walsh bringing in Bird to fire Zeke, b/c he couldn't or wouldn't. Bird comes the bad guy and Walsh's hands are clean. Terrible timing and one that absolutely makes me very upset.

    Mr. Bird, I've not been your biggest fan of some of your decisions, BUT I do appreciate your work and effort you gave to the Pacers. I want to THANK YOU for turning around a franchise someone left you in shambles. Thank you again Larry and my best wishes for you in the future....... Justin

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    This whole situation has had a smell for weeks. For 3 weeks, Bird and Simon were to have had a meeting that never transpired. It was constantly re-scheduled for the the coming next week. I have mentioned I couldn't understand not having the meeting b4 the week of the draft. A draft week meeting didn't make sense. Something didn't smell right.

    Yeah, that never made sense to me either. Bird saying "I'd do it today if Herbie was here" made me raise my eyebrows a bit. Well where the heck was Herbie? How hard is it for the two of them to drive from their Indianapolis area homes down to the Fieldhouse at the same time and have a meeting?

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