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Larry Bird backs decision to rebuild Celtics

ORLANDO — The most publicly reluctant general manager is back in the game as Larry Bird has returned to run the Indiana Pacers after a one-year hiatus, and his brutally honest personality is unchanged.

Speaking from the summer league, Bird offered pointed opinions on a variety of NBA topics, including the Celtics’ rebuilding plan, the hiring of Brad Stevens, and hanging on to veterans past their prime.

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