Having been exposed to the Heat on their home floor in a Game 7 against the Pacers, I can't see them losing, but I will be rolling with the Spurs to find a way to get it done.
At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers continue preparing for the draft while the front office keeps mum on the status of Larry Bird for the upcoming season. In years past, there would be speculation about Bird potentially leaving his duties as team president which would linger longer than expected. This time around, the speculation is about his possible return.
The interest he gave Sacramento indicates Bird wouldn't mind running a team again and the Pacers appear willing to bring him back. At what cost is surely an issue but according to owner Herb Simon, the team hopes to move toward a conclusion when everyone is in town for the draft.
Simon didn't divulge much in his Q & A with Scott Agness on Pacers.com, but he did have this to say about Bird's status.
Q. Do you have a timeline for the possibility of Larry Bird returning as president and when that situation might be handled?
A. "I think it'll be resolved shortly. I'm sure he's thinking about it. We'll see what happens. I'll be in next week and we'll try to get things resolved. I'll be coming in for the draft and we'll be spending some time and we'll talk about a lot of things."
In other interesting NBA news, it appears the Boston Celtics are ready for a full rebuild as their aging vets, Kevin Garnett and eventually Paul Pierce, may be headed to the Clippers along with coach Doc Rivers. Another team rebuilding in the East is good news for the Pacers. It isn't good news for Brian Shaw, though who appears to be the Clippers' back up plan.
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