May 17, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird accepts the NBA Executive of the Year Award from Stu Jackson at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Miami 94-75. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
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11 months ago Update 0 comments
The Indiana Pacers front office was due for an overhaul, but not many expected it all to take place over the course of a couple of days. Reigning Executive of the Year Larry Bird officially announced his retirement on Wednesday morning, just one day after general manager David Morway resigned, as the Pacers held a press conference to announce Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard as their replacements.
To recap: Larry Bird has stepped down as President, Donnie Walsh has returned as President and Kevin Pritchard is now the General Manager.— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) June 27, 2012
This won't be the first time Indiana will be under the watchful eye of Walsh, as its "new" president of basketball operations spent the majority of the last two decades at the top of the Pacers' basketball operations department.
Pritchard had been in Indiana as Director of Player Personnel after previously being general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.
It's not the greatest timing with Thursday night's NBA Draft looming, of course, but the Indy Star's Mike Wells reports that Bird will stick around to handle draft-day duties.
11 months ago Update 1 comment
The curious future of Larry Bird, the reigning NBA Executive of the Year and a man just seeing his blueprint turn into a real, contending team, has taken another turn as Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports that Bird will on Tuesday finalize his departure from the club in a meeting with team owner Herb Simon. Reports during the season suggested that Bird would be out, but those dissipated once Bird fired general manager David Morway with the aim of elevating Kevin Pritchard, Portland's former general manager.
More recently, rumors put Donnie Walsh, Bird's long-time partner in crime, back in Indiana. Wells reports that Walsh may take Bird's position and Pritchard would ascend to that of Morway.
Bird's reasons for stepping away appear to be health-related, but no specific ailment is given.
12 months ago Article 0 comments
Larry Bird is expected to promote director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard to general manager as soon as he finalizes his new deal as president of the Indiana Paccers, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Pritchard will replace David Morway.