• Bird steps down as Pacers president

    June 28, 2012 No comments

    Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird announced Wednesday that he is stepping down, saying it was the right time for him to move on.

    Bird, 55, met with team owner Herb Simon before making the announcement.

    He cited health issues with his back and shoulder as one of the reasons for his departure.

    But Bird said he’s confident the Pacers are headed down the right path.

    Simon told reporters that Bird could have stayed with the Pacers as long as he wanted.

    The team will bring back Donnie Walsh to work with Kevin Pritchard to lead the team. Walsh will be president and Pritchard will be general manager.

    Bird had a 13-year career playing for the Boston Celtics finishing as one of the league’s all-time best players, a three-time MVP.

    Bird coached the Pacers for three seasons in the late 1990s, winning the league’s coach of the year honors in his first season. He became the team’s president in 2003.

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