BOSTON -- Dave Gavitt updated the status of Larry Bird just before the Boston Celtics met the Sacramento Kings at Boston Garden Monday night. It was classic good news-bad news.
Gavitt, the Celtics' chief of basketball operations, was almost smiling as he announced that Bird was placed on the injured list because of a sore back. Bird, who missed his fourth game Monday, will miss at least four more.
Why did Gavitt look so relieved?
"We got a good diagnosis on Larry -- an encouraging diagnosis," Gavitt said. "And Larry's outlook is very positive right now . . . I think we're encouraged that he's encouraged."