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Bird says he'd be committed to winning as the GM

Updated: July 4, 2002, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Larry Bird is ready to lead a new NBA team to replace the departed Charlotte Hornets.

Making his first public appearance in Charlotte since announcing his interest in bringing the area an expansion team, Bird said Monday he intends to be as successful as a general manager as he was as a player and coach.

''I can't tell you how long it would take to make the playoffs,'' Bird said. ''But I'll be here a long time -- so close the windows and lock the doors.''

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