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Collison trade press conference

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Larry Bird should be all smiles after landing point guard Darren Collison in a four-team trade on 8/11.

Patience, not panic. Larry Bird always did his best work late.

Larry Bird has always had a flair for the dramatic, all those last-second buckets and, of course, stealing Isiah Thomas’ inbound pass at the end of Game 5 in the 1987 Eastern Conference finals.

But after a summer of lurking in the weeds, the move he and Pacers general manager David Morway pulled off to land point guard Darren Collison might have been as slick as anything Bird ever did on the parquet floor at Boston Garden.

They didn’t just come out of the four-team deal with the Nets, Rockets and Hornets with an asset. They came away with the most valuable one. They didn’t just come out of a summer when point guards hopped around the NBA like frogs on a crowded pond. They got the best one available.

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