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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  15 responses

Larry Bird’s Uncertain Future

Bird is contemplating retirement from the NBA entirely, but won’t rush into a decision. Gotta talk to the wife first. FanHouse reports: “[Larry] Bird, who is in the final year of his contract, isn’t certain the Pacers will want him back. Even if they do, he’s not yet sure he wants to return. ‘I have no clue,’ Bird said of what will happen. ‘I know the owner wants to sit down and he’ll do whatever. He’s been very good to me … He’s a good man, and I told him it’s not just me but everybody I got on the basketball side is up (contract-wise after this season). The scouts. The coaches. (General manager David) Morway. Myself. People in my office. And, if he wants to go in a different direction, he can do that. And he won’t be sitting there holding a bunch of contracts. So he’s in a good position. The franchise I think is in a good position. So we’ll just see what happens. I’ve had great success in this league. We went through three bad years but my thing with Herb is to try to get this right. I don’t know if I want to come back at this stage. I really don’t … That’s something we’ve got to talk about. I want to see what direction (Simon) wants to go. He’s got options now. He never did have that before.’ Bird was asked why he would willingly walk away after this season and not be around to see the results of his rebuilding. The Pacers have spent the past three years ridding themselves of bad contracts or waiting for them to expire, and now there finally might be better days ahead. ‘You’re like all my friends,’ said Bird, who has assembled some intriguing young players alongside Granger, including center Roy Hibbert, guard Darren Collison and forward Tyler Hansbrough. ‘They say, ‘Stick it out.’ … It’s my 30th year in this league. It’s been a great run. I got the best job in the world. There’s 30 (top executive jobs with teams) and I got one … I have no idea (what will happen with the future). Everybody asks me. I’ll wait until after the draft and make a decision. See what my wife (Dinah) wants to do … I got to ask my wife. Maybe she wants me to stay home.’ If Bird does leave the NBA, he said he ‘probably’ would retire from basketball for good. Even though he coached the Pacers to a 147-67 mark during his three seasons, including an NBA Finals appearance in 2000, he said coaching is not an option in his future.”

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  • HEHATEME

    Why is Larry so popular? He must have been a hell of a player back in the day.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Larry Legend’s health hasn’t been great the last few years. I can see why he’d want to get away.

  • snasty10

    please say you are kidding HEHATEME

  • Coney Islander

    HEHATEME is obviously joking. lol…..I hope.

  • http://blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/ Anthony

    HEHATEME i would take prime Larry Bird over Lebron any day of the week.

  • @JdotD

    Get him in Boston! Co-GM with Ainge or something. That way the NBA can get the hell out of Indiana too, Bird seems like the only reason they’re still there, they owe it to him!

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Larry Bird may be the greatest player who’s ever lived.
    Maybe.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Wilt was, by far, the best player ever.

  • al

    l bird waz an ill coach too…he got a lot of out of his players the three yrs he was in in indy

  • Justin

    Good Lord, do not turn this into a G.O.A.T. debate. And Ugh, no it isn’t Wilt. :-)

  • Son of Shawn

    @HEHATEME, I think that Bird´s the only MVP (3 times) with a Coach of the year Trophy

  • kc

    bird was ok coach and a horrible gm. It’s easy to take over a squad with talent like he did with the reggie miller pacers. Since becoming Gm he has run that team into the ground with bad pick after bad pick.

  • Justin

    lol@”running that team into the ground”. Kind of an overstatement to say the least. In Bird’s book he admits that he didn’t do a lot of the X’s and O’s. He left that to his assistants

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    i never get tired of watching old Birds’ games …. the more i see it the more i realize how amazing this player was … ( better than Wilt cos’ all-around and high bb IQ ) … like a lot of you i think .. i wish a player, a coach, or even a GM can go on a success (except for I.Thomas, i was happy the nightmare ended ) … don’t let it down larry.

  • irondan21

    Go ahead and retire because frankly your “skills” as a gm aren’t helpig your legacy at all

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