Larry Bird was named as the top front-office exec in he NBA, it was announced today. From the Indy Star: “Bird totaled 88 points and received 12 first-place votes from a panel of his fellow team executives throughout the NBA. He becomes the first person to win Executive of the Year, coach of the year and Most Valuable Player. The Pacers, who are tied 1-1 with Miami in the Eastern Conference Semfinals, went 42-24 in the regular season and earned the No. 3 seed in the conference. ‘This is an honor for the Indiana Pacers, not an award for Larry Bird,’ said Bird. ‘Everyone in this franchise put in a lot of work and showed a lot of patience as we have tried to get this team to a level on and off the court the fans in Indiana can be proud of. You always believe, and hope, the players you get will fit into a plan and I’m very proud of what our guys and our coaches have accomplished so far this year.’”