Trevor Ariza, Darren Collison, James Posey, Troy Murphy and Courtney Lee all changed places. NBAE/Getty Images
With DC's recent trade to the Indiana Pacers, Larry Bird gave some thoughts on DC:
"I didn't think he'd have the year he had last year," Bird said. "He's solid. He likes to defend. He always could shoot the ball. We think he's a complete player."
Another interesting element of this trade, and another Bruin connection.....the Pacers' center, Roy Hibbert, has been working with Bill Walton.
"My responsibility, my job is to help Roy build the foundation, give him the tools he needs to learn, give him the ability to learn how to compete and then to be able to transpose that in the body, mind, spirit and soul of someone who's 23 years old and with the weight of the world on his shoulders," said Walton. "In this league, you win when you control the paint and, as a 7-2, 260-pound winner of the genetic lottery, that's what he has to do for this franchise."
"He has to control the paint. It's not his choice, it's his responsibility, it's his duty, it's his obligation. He has to learn how to do that on an individual basis. He has to learn how to do that on a team basis. It's a matter of how hard he's willing to work not just physically but mentally, as well, and to train his mind so that in the heat of battle he can make the correct decisions that are going to allow him to become a great champion and return the Pacers to their rightful place among the hierarchy of the NBA."