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Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:46 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Larry Bird will remain the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations and David Morway the general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Herb Simon met with Bird and discussed the team and Bird's future Tuesday and came to the conclusion it was best for Bird to remain in his position.

“I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going,” Simon said in a statement. “I’m glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.”

The Pacers made a somewhat improbable push to the postseason this year, losing to the top-seeded Bulls 4-1 in the opening round. Every game except the last was highly competitive though and all in all, the 2010-11 campaign is seen as a step in the right direction for the Pacers.

“The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations,” said Bird. “To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.

“I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation.”

The focus now moves to Frank Vogel who finished the season with an interim tag. Vogel's situation was said to get resolved once Bird's future was settled, so I'm sure we'll hear whether or not Vogel will be retained as the team's head coach for another season. Bird seemed to hint at opening up the position a bit late in the season but with the way the Pacers pushed the Bulls and played hard for Vogel, it really seems like it should be his job.

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 12:06 am

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Nicely put Japerry.  I believe that the Pacers are headed in the right direction but this offseason will be crucial for them.  They need another scorer on the wing.  Granger is a fine player but as you said he really should not be a lead role guy.  It would be nice to see them bring someone in and continue the momentum they gained after a nice playoff showing.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:22 pm

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Bird is getting the Pacers back on track a little bit at a time. They're not the type of team that has big bucks to spend on exclusive free agents like Wade, Kobe, Anthony or any of the rest. What killed the Pacers since 2005 and 2006 was the retirement of Reggie Miller and some pretty questionable trades over the past few seasons. Just like when they got Murphy and Dunleavy those were two players that they shouldn't have traded for. Danny Granger is a pretty solid player and Roy Hibbert is getting better. Firing Jim O Brien was a master stroke and was the right move. The Pacers weren't going to go anywhere under his rule of cutting down his talent. Sure they got knocked out in the first round by Chicago but they were a scrappy bunch for the most part. Maybe they can pick up a decent trade or a solid draft pick to get to being a perennial playoff team but they just need that one piece to get into the 4th or 5th slot. Danny Granger while pretty good isn't the lead man and that's what the Pacers really need. Someone to step up and take the lead role. If not Granger, then someone else or a trade to get that additional piece to go with Granger. 

Getting rid of Dunleavy, TJ Ford, and some of the others is what would help this team out and getting some fresh blood to go with their top three being Granger, Hibbert, and Hansbrough. They need a good Point Guard or shooting guard.

However, Im glad that even though they've been mediocre to bad the past few years they at least got rid of the bad elements and attitudes on the team and shipped them out of town. Stephen Jackson, Artest, and Tinsley all needed to be shipped down the road. Sure Artest got his ring but he never really impressed me as a player nor did Jackson either. Its good to see the Pacers at least got rid of the bad elements. I'll take a couple of 30 win seasons over having a bunch of clowns causing problems any time. Eventually they'll get back to the playoffs on a regular basis. Just a couple more decent players is what they need and someone who can step up to be the leader.  

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 7:41 pm

Larry Bird to remain with Pacers-Disappointing

This is a sad day for Indiana Pacers basketball.  Larry Bird has taken this franchise down a very bad path with player selections and trades as well as coaching moves.  I certainly support Vogel because he connects with the players and they play hard for him, but we need executive leadership who has the professional skills to take this franchise to the next level.  Vogel was a default interim selection, plain and simple and while it seemed to work out, Bird was lucky.  The players we have are good, respectable players who are fun to watch but we dont have the nucleus or the professional leadership to compete for titles.

Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:12 pm

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Good I'm glad Bird is staying.  Now I hope they take the interim tag off of Vogel.<br /><br />

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:10 pm

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Glad to hear it.

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