Bird vows to fix issues, but players are problem

In a recent message to fans, Larry Bird did his diplomatic best to put the Indiana Pacers’ season in sunny perspective.

On the positive side, he noted, the Pacers won 56 games, were the No. 1 seed in the East and reached the conference finals for the third straight year.

But in the next breath, the Pacers’ president was forced to acknowledge the dark side of 2013-14.

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