It amazes me how the NBA, and the game in general, has drastically changed for the worse since Bird and Magic [Johnson] left the sport. Today it's not about the love for the game, hard work and commitment it takes to be a champion. Rather and disappointingly, it's all about the money, shoe contracts, and other multimillion-dollar commercial endorsements.
I remember cutting out the article and picture in the paper the day after Bird executed his first NBA contract for $350,000 with Red Auerbach, the president of the Celtics. Although it was not documented, the story is that Bird jumped into his old beat-up Ford pickup and drove to Boston to continue his iconic career. Classic Bird!
If there is any one individual who can turn around the Pacer organization and the NBA, remember, Bird is the word.