Well, a lot of things are different from the way they were a few years ago, Larry. Some would also say you are different—a step slower, a little more vulnerable to fatigue, a little less able to shoulder a major share of the load, night after night. Did you hear what Indiana's Chuck Person said after his Pacers beat your team 119-111 at Indiana on Nov. 21? "I felt I'd have a mismatch with Larry, but they started off with Pinckney on me," said Person. He meant a mismatch in his favor.
You say they're wrong. But you also say that you're a team player and you'll do it Rodgers's way.
"This is new," Bird says. "Everybody's struggling with it. It's up to me to fit my abilities into the new system. It will happen. I know it will."
Do you really?