Bird's straight shooting put Indy on target
All Rick Carlisle wanted was maybe 10 minutes of Larry Bird's time. The Indiana Pacers were starting a new season with a new coach in Carlisle and a new basketball honcho in Bird.
When the team convened for training camp, Bird agreed to Carlisle's request to address the team. Bird, a man of few words, needed four minutes to get home two basic themes:
The Pacers will not be an "excuse" team.
Everyone is accountable.
That was it.
But by establishing those basic ground ...
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