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June 26, 2013

Rick Teverbaugh: What does Bird's return mean?


It might be that Granger will be a starter and Lance Stephenson will be moved back to the second unit.

Of course, no trades might be made today, and the Pacers might just use their pick to add a good college player to the roster. That might not reveal that much about Bird's guiding hand down the stretch as he likely didn't have much input into what players will be on Indiana's board.

I started looking forward to the next Pacers season before all of the players left the floor after losing the final playoff game against Miami. Having Bird added to the mix now heightens that anticipation.

I wasn't a fan of Bird as a head coach. He wasn't much of a strategist. But he was good with players. He made players want to perform at their highest level. He can do that again as he returns as director of basketball operations. We could be pointing toward a season to remember for the Pacers.

Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh's columns appear twice weekly.

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