The “Indianapolis Star” reported Wednesday that Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird will be back in his position next season. According to reports the member of the Basketball Hall Of Fame and Pacers Team Owner Herb Simon came to an agreement over lunch in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The team will also retain General Manager David Morway in his present position. The Pacers made their first appearance in the NBA Playoffs this season in four years as the team turned around after they fired former head coach Jim O’Brien and replaced him with his former assistant Frank Vogel. Vogel finished the regular season with a 20-18 mark and a first round series against the Chicago Bulls which they lost in five games but would battle throughout every contest.
There had been speculation earlier in the season that Bird would retire at the end of the campaign. The Pacers President in a statement that was released by the club wrote “The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as president of basketball operations. To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction, and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.”
Bird has been President of Indiana since 2003 coming back from retirement after a stint as the team’s head coach. The next decision on the docket for the Pacers will be whether they choose to retain Vogel as coach. According to reports the chances of him coming back seem to be weighing in his favor although the club is said to also have interest in former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown. Brown was an assistant for the Pacers before taking the post in Cleveland.