Larry Bird is one of the greatest legends in the history of Indiana basketball. In a state that loves its hoops, Bird represented the Hoosier state at Indiana State University and through a glorious NBA career with the Boston Celtics. He returned home to coach the Pacers, leading them to the 2000 NBA Finals.
After he retired from coaching in 2000, Larry Bird maintained an active role with the Pacers. He served as President of Basketball Operations from 2003 through May of 2017. After that, Larry remained with the team as an informal advisor.
Bird’s replacement, Kevin Pritchard, spoke about Larry’s involvement with the team to Scot Agness of ‘Fieldhouse Files.’ Pritchard said Larry is no longer active with the organization. However, when the team needs help, they know they can rely on him.
“Yeah, he’s not active. But look, Larry is a good friend of mine and he’s a good friend of Rick’s (Carlisle). At any time we need help, we know where to look. He’s always available.”
The wisdom of Larry Bird would be beneficial for any franchise. His 13-year NBA career saw him make the All-Star game on ten occasions. He was also a three-time league MVP. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.
There are a lot of great sports minds to call upon for a franchise in need. Larry Bird remains one of the most useful for the Pacers. He may not be in an active role with the squad anymore, but they know they can call on him if they ever need advice.
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