Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird stepping down
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Larry Bird is stepping down as the Indiana Pacers president, Indy Sports Central reporter Chris Hagan confirms.
The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski with the Vertical. Wojnarowski says Kevin Pritchard, the Pacer’s general manager, will take over basketball operations, and Bird will continue working with the team as a consultant in the front office.
A team spokesperson tells CBS4 that Bird has a previously scheduled news conference set for Monday at 11 a.m.
Larry Bird has been with the Pacers since 1997 when he first joined the team as the head coach. He coached the team until 2000.
In 2003 he joined the team as president of basketball operations, a position he held until 2012 when he announced he was stepping down for health reasons. But after just a year away from the position, Bird announced he was returning in 2013.
He has served as the president since then, and he is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year.