Larry Bird reportedly is stepping down as President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers. Will that be good or bad for the Pacers?
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?
Larry Bird stepping down at President of Pacers? Not sure if that is good or bad news.. 😅🏀
— Bayan Fenwick (@BayanFenwick35) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird is gone!!!! Finally!!
— marley (@J_Hardiman23) April 28, 2017
Guess Larry Bird got fed up of the Pacers
— Hefe (@Jez_pumper) April 28, 2017
Larry bird is a puss
— Romey Rome (@UptownRome) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird is a coward. Leaving the Pacers in their biggest offseason of the franchise. He doesn't have the balls to figure it out w/George.
— Keegan McCarthy (@keegs__13) April 28, 2017
Larry bird stepping down pic.twitter.com/X9iYevdhod
— Kyle (@Youknowmeitsz) April 28, 2017
Thanks for nothin Larry Bird
— Luke Oliver (@lukeoliver25) April 28, 2017
I think Larry Bird did the best with what he had financially
— Starlord (@MisterHightower) April 28, 2017
— Chris Williamson (@CwilliamsonTV7) April 28, 2017
Paul George: I'm leaving
Larry Bird : me too
— Einstein Klein (@Dylan12Klein) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird didn't want the blood of Paul George and more Pacers mediocrity on his hands. 😂
— ™Marcus (@TheMisterMarcus) April 28, 2017
This Larry Bird news is very shocking.
— Alexis (@AlexisLong97) April 28, 2017
— Nick Gryniewicz (@ESPN580Nick) April 28, 2017
Not only did Lebron surpass Larry Bird as the greatest small forward in NBA history, he sent him to his final resting place as an executive.
— In▼isible T▲€ti©ian (@MorrisColossus) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird will now have more time to play golf: pic.twitter.com/yb44m1F2T0
— Joey Artigue (@Joey_Artigue) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird is gone …. Indiana better say their goodbyes now to PG … I'd be shocked if he stayed now
— Eggsy (@Bryan_Hitchens) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird out. PG out. Welcome to Rebuild City @Pacers
— Pre-Rich Papi (@jmlsalaam) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird stepping down pretty much means PG13 is out. This is why I try to stick to comics – less heartbreak.
— Ross Dillon! (@RossADillon) April 28, 2017
— Zach Profeta (@its_zach_pro) April 28, 2017
Smartest thing larry bird did.. knowing he is about to lose paul george😂
— nickkyy3 (@nickgiorgi3) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird, the biggest proponent for keeping Paul George, stepping down signals to me that Pacers are ready to move on from the forward.
— Thomas Kyle-Milward (@ThomasKMilward) April 28, 2017
Knicks fans wishing Phil would pull a Larry Bird
— Elizabeth 🙃 (@onlythebulls13) April 28, 2017
Larry Bird is flying away from the Pacers. This could be the start of long period rebuild in Indiana
— Frank Fleming (@NjTank99) April 28, 2017
I think @KingJames literally just made Larry Bird quit basketball. 👑🏀
— Michael Mckelvey (@mckelvey92) April 28, 2017
Too bad Larry Bird wasn't as good of a President as he was a player.
— Bubbles 👱🏻🐱 (@Noah_Rockwell) April 28, 2017
— nate taylor (@PacersNate) April 28, 2017
Damn Larry Bird stepped down, ain't no way PG13 staying in Indiana
— Np (@NPjp21) April 28, 2017
Paul George MIGHT stay cause Larry Bird stepping down
— #CartelLivingMike (@_JuanDiego24) April 28, 2017
Bye bye Larry Bird! pic.twitter.com/I8I3VNVSqG
— Cory Craig (@cory_craig10) April 28, 2017
It's the end of an era for the Pacers. Larry Bird stepping down as team president.
— Casey Miller (@Casey_Sports10) April 28, 2017
What do you think? Will this be good for bad for the Pacers?