Larry Bird Steps Down As Pacers President

Larry Bird will not return as president of the Indiana Pacers. Bird is "100 percent sure" he will not come back as president of the team, a direct source told The Star on Monday. Bird is expected to meet with team owner Herb Simon to discuss his departure from his position. Bird and Simon had an annual handshake agreement that allowed Bird to leave at the end of each season. Shortly after the Pacers were beaten by the eventual champions the Miami Heat, Bird expressed that possibly that he would return this upcoming season.

 

"(I want to talk to Simon about) the direction of the team, what kind of job he thinks we're doing, if there's anything he sees that we should be doing better," Bird said May 30. "Just a number of questions. I've got a lot of them written down to ask him, and hopefully we can get the answers we like and move on."

 

Bird, who is currently dealing with some health issues, will likely take up to a year off before he returns to any front office position. The Pacers are expected to sign Donnie Walsh to fill in the vacant position, who spent 24 years with the team before becoming president of the New York Knicks.

 

Under the guidance of Bird, the Pacers made the playoffs for the first time in a five year period (2006-2011) and he became the first former MVP to win the President of the Year Award.