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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.
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.
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
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?
Im literally not excited for the draft or offseason anymore.
What a downright sickening way to start the offseason. Just an absolute step back for this franchise.
Wow is all I can say
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I am sincerely sorry to see Larry go but a guy who keeps telling his boss that he won't return unless this or that happens and says it publicly is certainly going to lose his boss' support eventually. I hope Donnie is just interim for a year or so.
Nor does it make sense bringing back a player for a workout Bird missed either. What kind of a message does this send to possible draftees and their agents??
No ifs, ands, nor buts this is just p*** poor timing for this to happen. What message is ownership sending to the fans?
I just got sick. Uh oh.
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Well, ****, I was not expecting this to be the way I started my morning. I was positive about the Walsh signing last night, but now after this, I am not.
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Seriously, this is ridiculous.
Why are we talking about this two days before the draft?
Bird builds the Pacers back to a respectable club. And now the Pacers FO is a mess two days before the draft?
Makes me sick.
Suddenly, I'm a lot less optimistic about this offseason.
I guess the positive spin on this is that if you had told everyone on PD three years ago that Pritchard would be our GM there would have been parades in the streets.
In the end, I think we have to wait and see what types of moves Pritchard and Walsh make to fill out the roster before we make any assumptions.
I will agree though, this is a pretty big loss for sure.
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I'm willing to bet a sizable amount this has something to do with health issues for Bird.
Again, like others have said....we obviously have an ownership problem. Afraid to spend money. Goes back to his security blanket of 23 years. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Bird never invited Donnie to the work outs last week and he was there on behalf of Simon. Thus Bird's departure.
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