Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/25/13
Larry Bird boldly has proclaimed that the Indiana Pacers are "all in" and says anything less than an NBA Finals appearance this season would be a disappointment. In an interview with The Indianapolis Star , the Pacers' president of basketball operations -- who took a year off before returning to the front office this year -- declared that this should be the year his team gets over the hump against the Heat and wins the Eastern Conference title. When asked whether the Pacers could win a title, Bird said: "Anything less than (a Finals appearance or a conference finals appearance) would be a disappointment. I think anything over 50 wins is a good season, but I believe we're built more for the playoffs than we are for the regular season -- because we're deep and we'll have time to prepare. It's hard to beat 10 or 11 guys." The return of Danny Granger -- who missed all but five games last season because of an injury in his left knee -- and the development of young stars like Paul George and Roy Hibbert make Bird confident the Pacers can win it all. Bird always backed up his tough talk as a player. Now we will see whether his players can back up his talk as an executive.
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