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.