Although the Indiana Pacers were unable to defeat the Miami Heat after taking a 2-1 lead in their best of seven second round NBA Playoff match-up; it was still a good campaign for the team; making the Post Season for the second consecutive year and ending the regular campaign as the number three seed in the Eastern Conference. Pacers Team President Larry Bird got recognition for his efforts earlier this month as he was name the Association’s Executive Of The Year and despite rumors to the contrary; he told reporters on Wednesday that he would like to sit down with Indiana Team Owner Herb Simon as soon as possible to talk about Bird returning to the club in his current position next season.
The “Indianapolis Star” has reported that the former Boston Celtics legend, told members of the media that he wants to sit down with Simon to talk about the direction they envision the franchise taking, as well as him remaining as President of the club. He has held the post since former Pacers President Donnie Walsh left the position in 2008.
Bird made a critical decision in the midst of last season, when he fired former head coach Jim O’Brien and replaced him with former assistant Frank Vogel. The new bench boss led the Pacers to the Playoffs last season and helped them reach the second round after topping the Orlando Magic in their opening match-up. Bird also signed Free Agent forward David West and traded with the San Antonio Spurs last summer for point guard George Hill. Both players were key parts of the team having the success they did this season.