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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 4:40 pm  |  15 responses

Larry Bird Rejoins Indiana Pacers as President of Basketball Operations


Having spent a year away, Larry Bird has agreed to take over the Indiana Pacers’ front-office once again. Bird will return to the gig on Monday. Per the Indy Star: “He’s got plenty of rings of his own, now I want him to win one for me,’ Pacers owner Herb Simon said. ‘He’s got his energy back, his health back and he’s raring to go.’ The Pacers will formally announce Bird’s return in a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday. General manager Kevin Pritchard will remain on as Bird’s No. 2 while Donnie Walsh, who said last week he’d be ready to step aside if Bird returned, will become a consultant. Bird will not be involved in Thursday’s draft, which Walsh and Pritchard have been working on for months. ‘First of all, we all realize he’s done a pretty good job with the team,’ Simon said. ‘He left because of physical reasons. It was always contemplated that when he straightened out his medical issues he would come back. The only thing is we didn’t know if it would take a year or more for him to feel strong enough to get back and apparently he had a good year and is ready to come back.’”

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  • Redd

    Not good news for the Central division.

  • jmm

    Seriously, if Steve Novak has a job in the NBA you can’t tell me there aren’t teams who’d pay Larry to sit in the corner and launch 3′s.

  • spit hot fiyah

    sit? as in a chair?

  • OfftheWall87

    You know Larry’s 56 years old, right?

  • OfftheWall87

    The division will belong to the Bulls with Rose coming back as probably better than he was before he left. Pacers are good, but they don’t have a player who could dream of stopping or even containing Derrick. And their defense is good, but not like Chicago’s when they’re locked in.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    Chicago is a well coached, talented team. But that division won’t belong to them. They might win it, but it won’t be a run away.

  • ends

    Paul George didn’t do his thing in the playoffs?

  • OfftheWall87

    Winning it means it belongs to them to me.

  • OfftheWall87

    He’s on his way to being a star but Rose is a top 10 player and one of the few superstars in the league. George is a good defender, but he’s not going to be able to contain Rose much better than he did in 2011 in the playoffs. He’s a better player, but from what Thibs says, Rose is 100%. Stronger. Better jumpshot. Which means he’s also better than he was in 2011.

  • Caboose

    It’s silly to think Rose will somehow come back better immediately. I doubt he’ll ever regain his form as an MVP candidate again.

  • Caboose

    I don’t think the Pacific belongs to the Clippers. Nor the Northwest to the Thunder. The Southeast belongs to the Heat, sure. It’s the scale to which a team wins a division that matters, I think.

  • OfftheWall87

    I trust what Thibs says. Rose is only 24. If he says he has his explosion back, I believe him.

  • Caboose

    Would Thibs say anything else?

  • OfftheWall87

    Why would he say Rose just isn’t ready and when he’s ready he’ll play at the end of the season and during the playoffs and then suddenly decide to say that he’s back to himself now in June? He doesn’t strike me as the kind of dude who says anything he’s not sure of.

  • jmm

    Twas a joke mate.

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