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.
Pritchard says he conducted exit interviews with the team. In talking to Paul George, "in every scenario he talked about being here."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 1, 2017
Kevin Pritchard spoke with Paul George about the season and his future for 45 to 60 minutes last week. Kept going back to PG’s desire to win
— Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) May 1, 2017