Pacers president Larry Bird isn’t big on road trips, especially since he started to have more serious back issues a few years ago. But after the season ended, he said he would be on the move more with the team next season, particularly to make sure Lance Stephenson knows the bad cop is around before he pulls any antics.
Now that there is no more Stephenson, however, Bird reaffirmed that he will still travel more, as reported by Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.
Bird, who before the start of free agency revealed this plan to travel more, had expected to attend more road games as a way to keep Lance Stephenson in line. Besides, even Stephenson spoke of the calm he found while standing in the ‘Bird Cave’ (or should it be ‘Bird Cage?’) while at the Fieldhouse.
However, even though Stephenson has moved on to Charlotte – does Michael Jordan have a cave? – that does not change Bird’s plan to be more of a presence on the road.
“Yeah, I’ll be more now whether he’s there or not,” Bird said. “I don’t do three in the morning West Coast trips for two weeks anymore but I’m going to be at some games.”
Bird added another reason to attend away games more often.
“I like the games, I like to go to them,” he said. “I don’t like watching on TV. You get a better sense of how your team’s doing, the mental aspect of it if you’re there. So yeah, I’ll be on the road more this year.”
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