For all of the talk of team chemistry and togetherness, Scott Agness raises a good point in his blog that the Pacers have seen plenty of change throughout the Frank Vogel era. As the team transitioned to its current state, Bird often spoke about finding some talented core players to build around and that's what he's done.
"I still got the picture in my office. This is a league of change. We knew last year and this year, this is kind of a start-our-own team and we wanted to build up the pieces around those guys."
After the trade last week, only six players remain from the Eastern Conference finalists last year. Of course, that group includes the starting five along with Ian Mahinmi. So, yes the core is strong and all of that chemistry, togetherness and sacrifice comes from those guys setting the tone.
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