Pacers’ Bird decided to resign prior to season

Larry Bird has brought an end to his second stint as Pacers president.

Larry Bird has stepped down as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, and it’s something he expected to do before the season even got off the ground.

Bird will be replaced by Kevin Pritchard, his top assistant, but will remain on in a consultant role.

While Bird’s name has been linked to the general manager opening in Orlando, it appears the NBA legend is looking merely to stay in touch with the game — as opposed to running a team.

Bird turned 60 in December. He said his health is fine.

“It’s a pretty easy decision,” he told reporters. “It’s just time to go.”

He added he doesn’t think his decision to step aside to impact Paul George’s future with the Pacers. “Paul is gonna do what Paul wants to do,” Bird said.

Clearly, so is Larry Bird.