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Lowe: Praising Larry Bird's Discipline

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Zach Lowe of SI.com writes that Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird, who was named 2012 Executive of the Year on Wednesday, deserves praise for resisting the temptation to sign Jamal Crawford in free agency. Crawford wound up signing with the Portland Trail Blazers. -------------------------------- Not blowing Indiana’s present or future cap space by overpaying a player who was not worth that sacrifice. Jamal Crawford, for instance, was in deep talks with the Pacers when the league resumed business after the lockout. Crawford eventually signed with Portland and mostly struggled. That discipline allowed Bird to snag Leandro Barbosa for a second-round pick at the trade deadline, and it has Indiana well-positioned to make prudent decisions with key free agents — Hill and Roy Hibbert — this summer. -------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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