The Indy Star is reporting that Larry Bird will meet with team owner Herb Simon today to finalize his departure with the Indiana Pacers. Seeing this is a bit of a surprise to me as there was a press conference after the season finished for the Pacers, and Bird sounded like he was here to stay another year and get this team going in that right direction.
All those years he’s put into building this franchise up to the right level, finally paid off with the Pacers getting the third seed in the Eastern Conference, and giving Miami all they could handle in that second round. But something could have happened between then and now that made Bird decide to leave. Maybe he just felt like it’s time to go. That’s the biggest question out there, and I would imagine we can get some answer today. But knowing Bird, it might not be much.
So now the stage is set for Donnie Walsh to come back in the president role, and Kevin Pritchard looks to move up a role as general manager. Personally, I don’t think much about front office guys because it’s the players on the court that will decide where this Pacers team go. Get whoever in charge that will move this franchise more in the right direction.
Whoever is in charge make sure to resign Roy Hibbert and George Hill. Pick up a good draft pick at number 26. Seek out whatever free agent will make a difference here. Continue the Pacers tradition of being one of the classier franchises. That’ all I want in front office personnel. Good luck to Bird in whatever he might be doing next.