Was Bird bad for the Pacers, or will he be missed?

Indiana Pacers president of basketball Larry Bird smiles during a news conference Friday, July 8, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Larry Bird reportedly is stepping down as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers. Will that be good or bad for the Pacers?

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The story:

Larry Bird is stepping down from his position as Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. His position will be taken over by Kevin Pritchard. Bird is expected to continue working with Pritchard and the Pacers as a consultant, according to Woj. The move comes after Indiana was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was the first time the Pacers were swept in their franchise’s storied history. Bird stepped down from his position once before. One day before the 2012 NBA Draft, Bird, who cited health reasons, and the Pacers announced they would part ways. One year later, he returned to his post as team president. The ex-Celtics legend also stepped down as Pacers’ head coach in 2000 after three seasons on the job. Bird’s departure comes at the end of a rough stretch of Pacers’ seasons. Indiana made back-to-back first-round exits after failing to reach the playoffs in 2015. Bird bulldozed the roster over the summer, adding Jeff Teague, Al Jefferson and Thaddeus Young during free agency. He also replaced head coach Frank Vogel with Nate McMillan.

Matt Glenesk from the Indystar:

Bird helped construct a Pacers team that reached back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals (2013-14), but deconstructed that group, including firing coach Frank Vogel this past offseason. He promoted Nate McMillan to head coach and traded for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young over the summer. This year’s Pacers team entered the year with high expectations, but failed to meet them. Indiana finished 42-40 and was the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.

What do the fans think?

What do you think? Will this be good for bad for the Pacers?

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