Larry Bird is finally having mercy and stepping down as the president of the Pacers
The former NBA legend Larry Bird has removed himself as president of the Pacers after the four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs by the Cavs
Bird leaves the Pacers ahead of a pivotal summer in which the franchise will have to decide what to do with George. He can become a free agent after next season and there is wide speculation that he would prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pacers will have to decide whether to try to persuade him to stay long term or trade him.
George has not hesitated to make his displeasure with the direction of the franchise known, setting up for what is sure to be a tense summer of talks and decisions that need to be made.
A reason for Bird’s departure has not been confirmed, but sources told ESPN’s Mike Wells that the plan had always been for Bird to strongly suggest to owner Herb Simon that Pritchard take over as president when Bird eventually stepped down. Bird’s preference over the years has been to have year-to-year contracts.
This was I think a few years too late for Larry Bird and the Pacers. They have needed to go in another direction for a while now and after getting swept by the Cavs this is a perfect time. It might have just been a resign or get fired situation and with Bird being an absolute legend no one wanted to see that happen. The guy was Mr. Indiana basketball at one point.
Now the Larry Bird can do what he does best and that is not run an NBA team for sure. There is a really nice ambassador title waiting for you somewhere.