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Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  26 responses

Will Reggie Miller Replace Larry Bird as Pacers President?


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Larry Bird’s days in the Indiana Pacers’ front-office are numbered, and as team owner Herb Simon looks around for a replacement, one name seems to be showing up over all others.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Simon would like to hire Reggie Miller for the job, but it won’t be easy to convince Reggie to walk away from his TNT analyst gig:

Simon has been canvassing people he respects – including his longtime former general manager Donnie Walsh – for opinions about how they believe Miller would do with the transition from television to management. Several people with longstanding ties to Miller and the Pacers are pushing Miller to pursue the job, and as one tells Yahoo! Sports: “He’s going to look hard at this, if it’s presented in the right way.”

Simon has considered this possibility for several years, sources said, and thinks the timing could be right to groom Miller to run his basketball operations. This is likely Miller’s one chance to ever run a team. And where else would he rather do it, but in the city, the state, where he became basketball royalty?

Even as a beloved figure in Indiana, it’d be a very tough choice for Reggie Miller (who has no experience running a team) to make. Why would he walk away from a high-paying, relatively stress-free television job for the never-ending grind of NBA front-office life?

If Miller ultimately declines to take Herb Simon’s offer, the report above states that Chris Mullin is also considered a strong candidate for the gig.

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Please do, get his annoying a** away from TNT.

  • Big M.D.W

    KEEP THA BIRD

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    ANYTHING TO GET HIM OFF TV

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller off air in the space of 12 months? Be still my beating heart.

  • Gaz

    ^^^ By your rationale, I hope they take u Gaylor… for SLAMs sake.

  • Niio

    I 2nd JTaylor! He has to be the worst commentatory there is! Anyone know who invented the game of basketball? Yes? Well apparently Reggie doesn’t!

  • Niio

    It’s James not John Reggie!

  • LA Huey

    co-sign JTaylor, I just hope, for Pacers fans, our collective gain isn’t at their expense.

  • Homie

    I’ll chip in $5 if it will convince him to leave TV.

  • 6marjons

    i like reggie but i honestly think mullin would be a far better candidate

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    No more Reggie on tv!!

  • IndyG

    Wow you guys are selfish haha. Horrible idea

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Reggie Miller? good luck with that Indiana

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    “IN LIEU OF”

  • andy

    LOL @ NM30′s comment

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    Reggie Miller isn’t as bad as Kevin Mchale…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/international/2010/03/flight-75-dc-to-moscow/ Mitya

    Yes, PLEASE! Anything to get him off that mic!

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Reggie is going to accidentally trade for Joe Smith thinking he was Josh Smith. Best of luck Indiana fans.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/MichaelJR_NZ Michael NZ

    Welcome to your Kodak moment Anderson Varejao!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The ROCKETS, UP BY FOURTEEN!!!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Lets get Chris Webber to take Reggie Miller place. Chris Webber seems to be the odd man out lately.

  • Gaz

    ^^^Let’s go back in time to 2004, and get Gary Payton, seeing as he wasn’t doing anything at the time…

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    I hope no one lets The Seed forget that.

  • ends

    Reggie Miller Greatest Pacer of All Time

    He cant do any worse than Michael Jordan.

  • http://LOOKATMENOW brandon

    24 Responses to “Will Reggie Miller Replace Larry Bird as Pacers President?”
    JTaylor21 Posted: Aug.18 at 9:18 am
    Please do, get his annoying a** away from TNT.

    Big M.D.W Posted: Aug.18 at 9:19 am
    KEEP THA BIRD

    UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER Posted: Aug.18 at 9:40 am
    ANYTHING TO GET HIM OFF TV

    NM30 Posted: Aug.18 at 9:47 am
    Mark Jackson and Reggie Miller off air in the space of 12 months? Be still my beating heart.

    Gaz Posted: Aug.18 at 9:52 am
    ^^^ By your rationale, I hope they take u Gaylor… for SLAMs sake.

    Niio Posted: Aug.18 at 10:00 am
    I 2nd JTaylor! He has to be the worst commentatory there is! Anyone know who invented the game of basketball? Yes? Well apparently Reggie doesn’t!

    Niio Posted: Aug.18 at 10:06 am
    It’s James not John Reggie!

    LA Huey Posted: Aug.18 at 11:06 am
    co-sign JTaylor, I just hope, for Pacers fans, our collective gain isn’t at their expense.

    Homie Posted: Aug.18 at 11:10 am
    I’ll chip in $5 if it will convince him to leave TV.

    6marjons Posted: Aug.18 at 11:43 am
    i like reggie but i honestly think mullin would be a far better candidate

    Max Posted: Aug.18 at 12:07 pm
    No more Reggie on tv!!

    IndyG Posted: Aug.18 at 12:21 pm
    Wow you guys are selfish haha. Horrible idea

    nbk Posted: Aug.18 at 12:35 pm
    Reggie Miller? good luck with that Indiana

    UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER Posted: Aug.18 at 12:58 pm
    “IN LIEU OF”

    andy Posted: Aug.18 at 2:22 pm
    LOL @ NM30′s comment

    AllDayEveryDay Posted: Aug.18 at 2:30 pm
    Reggie Miller isn’t as bad as Kevin Mchale…

    Mitya Posted: Aug.18 at 2:33 pm
    Yes, PLEASE! Anything to get him off that mic!

    Caboose Posted: Aug.18 at 3:15 pm
    Reggie is going to accidentally trade for Joe Smith thinking he was Josh Smith. Best of luck Indiana fans.

    Michael NZ Posted: Aug.18 at 3:18 pm
    Welcome to your Kodak moment Anderson Varejao!

    Teddy-the-Bear Posted: Aug.18 at 7:11 pm
    The ROCKETS, UP BY FOURTEEN!!!

    The Seed Posted: Aug.18 at 7:22 pm
    Lets get Chris Webber to take Reggie Miller place. Chris Webber seems to be the odd man out lately.

    Gaz Posted: Aug.18 at 8:42 pm
    ^^^Let’s go back in time to 2004, and get Gary Payton, seeing as he wasn’t doing anything at the time…

    Jukai Posted: Aug.18 at 9:43 pm
    I hope no one lets The Seed forget that.

    ends Posted: Aug.19 at 12:16 am
    Reggie Miller Greatest Pacer of All Time He cant do any worse than Michael Jordan.

  • Justin

    Can’t believe I agree with JTaylor on something. PLEASE get Reggie off my TV screen. Jukai, I don’t think any of us will ever let Seed forget that one. lol

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