Winds of change swept through the front office of the Indiana Pacers, on Tuesday according to the “Indianapolis Star,” as the paper has reported that the club’s General Manager David Morway, resigned his position with the franchise and in a rather surprising move, Pacers Team President Larry Bird, decided to step away from his duties with the club. The former Hall Of Fame forward for the Boston Celtics, was to have met with franchise Owner Herb Simon on Tuesday, to tell him of his plans. His decision comes less than a month after holding a press conference after the team lost to the Miami Heat in the second round of the Playoffs, when Bird seemed excited at the prospect of extending his contract.
The former Pacers President, will leave a club that has made the Post-Season the last two years, after a long drought and won their first Playoff series in seven years, when they took out the Orlando Magic in the first round of the Playoffs this year. It is expected that Kevin Pritchard, whom the team hired before last season at Bird’s behest, will take over the General Manager position. Long time former Team President Donnie Walsh, rejoined the club a few days ago and is expected to become a strong candidate to reclaiming the title.
Who ever becomes the team’s next President, will inherit a team that came alive shortly after Bird decided to fire former head coach Jim O’Brien and replace him with Frank Vogel. Vogel, won over his players soon after being named interim coach and led them to the Playoffs last year, before they were knocked off by the Chicago Bulls.
This season, the Pacers had the third best record during the regular season in the Eastern Conference, and finished the campaign with the fifth best mark in the Association. The NBA recognized Bird for his accomplishments, as he was named the NBA Executive Of The Year. There has been speculation that the former Indiana State player may be leaving due to chronic pain in his shoulder and his back. He is expected to take at least the next year off to recover his health, before making any decisions about any future commitments.