NBA Roundtable

Bird To Leave Pacers?

In General NBA on October 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

NY Post reports

Agreed, it’s hard to imagine Larry Bird walking away from a multi-million contract that has one year remaining after this one. Nevertheless, two NBA management sources, one inside the Pacers organization and one former employee whose initials are not D.W., contend the team president will call it quits at the season’s conclusion — citing health and lack-of-enjoyment issues.

There’s some interesting thoughts & claims on Jim O’Brien’s extension following that excerpt too.

Well, if this is true, this is very good news for the Indiana Pacers because Larry Bird has done a very poor job over the six years (joined the Pacers front office in 2003) he’s been there.

Also, again if this is true, then Larry shouldn’t have signed Obie to a contract extension. Bad form to pressure whoever the new GM is to keep his coach.

Six Years

The Pacers record over Larry’s six seasons

  • 2003/04 – 61 wins and 21 losses
  • 2004/05 – 44 wins and 38 losses
  • 2005/06 – 41 wins and 41 losses
  • 2006/07 – 35 wins and 47 losses
  • 2007/08 – 36 wins and 46 losses
  • 2008/09 – 36 wins and 46 losses

The 2003/04 team made the Conference Finals where they lost to the Detroit Pistons who went on to win the NBA Championship. Larry Bird inherited that team, oversaw their demise, and has so far proved incapable of resuscitating them.

It will take at least another two seasons before the Pacers get their house in order. At that stage we’ll be eight years into Larry Bird’s tenure should he stay.

Update — Mike Wells reports

A Pacers spokesman said team president Larry Bird isn’t commenting on the report in Sunday’s New York Post surrounding his future.The spokesman said Bird isn’t commenting because he already addressed his future prior to training camp.

Bird said in an interview last month that he plans to remain with the organization until things at least get turned around.

Like owner Herb Simon, coach Jim O’Brien isn’t worried about Bird leaving.

“He’s not leaving,” O’Brien said. “I know that for a fact. I don’t think you worry about any stories that have unnamed sources in them. To me, that’s not something you should pay attention to.”

  1. I’m in Indiana, and I really hope Bird leaves and takes this Leprechaun of a coach back to Boston. Indiana Pace-Who??

  2. Hey Indy Resident,

    I’m hoping Bird leaves the Pacers too. I’m not impressed with his tenure as GM.

    I don’t have much hope for the Pacers until 2011 when those Dunleavy + Murphy contracts expire. They need that cap space to acquire some elite talents. Indy should also move TJ Ford to clear more cap room for that summer.

    Danny Granger + Roy Hibbert + Brandon Rush + cap space + two more high to mid first round draft picks = a good opportunity to build a very good basketball team.

    Until then, though, there just isn’t much hope for the club.

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