Bird stresses patience after changes

During 13 seasons as a player in the NBA, Larry Bird never released a shot he didn’t think was going to result in points.

Today, as one of the league’s front office executives, Bird refuses to stray from that mindset.

The trade that brought 6-foot-7 swingman Evan Turner and his 17.4 scoring average to the Pacers occurred 19 days after they rolled the dice with the Feb. 1 signing of 7-foot center Andrew Bynum.

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