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Larry Bird discusses Bynum signing, chemistry concerns and Heat impact on decision

Larry Bird answered a few questions about the Andrew Bynum signing at the Pacers shootaround this morning.

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Here are a few interesting comments from Larry Bird this morning as he answered questions about bringing Andrew Bynum to the Fieldhouse.

Bird on Bynum motivation:

"Any basketball player wants to play. He's 26-years-old, this has been his life for a long time. You hear all the negativity, but I never judge a person. You take somebody else's advice or whatever they've got to say about him, I like to find out on my own. He's big. He can help us and that's all that matters."

Potential of Bynum disrupting team chemistry:

"Well, I heard that about Danny. Have you seen any? The way these guys roll around here, I think they can handle themselves and control their own locker room. It never really entered my mind. They're big boys. They know what their goals are and if Andrew can come in here an help them, it will be much appreciated."

Potential upside of Bynum for team:

"Another big. We've got protection for Roy and Ian and we'll see how it works out. I think it's great upside for us. We don't do anything unless we think it's going to help us and I think this will help us."

Potential piece for future or just this year:

"I ain't worried about next year and I haven't all year. We're in the now and we're going to do whatever we can to go as far as we possibly can. We know there's going to be some tough competition but if we get a chance to improve our team we're going to try to do that."

Potential for other roster moves:

"I don't know, we go day-to-day in this league. I could get a call tomorrow and it will all change."

Signing done to keep Bynum from Miami:

"I've heard that but we don't do that. We don't have the money to throw around to bring guys in and let them sit on the bench just because somebody else wants them. I don't know who came up with that, but that's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

Here is video from with the full comments from Bird followed by Frank Vogel.