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    Link to presser >

    http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/larry...ss-conference/

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    "allowing me to stay with the team" Bird was fired

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Yet he's still with the team in a different role...

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

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    Yet he's still with the team in a different role...
    Are you saying being demoted isn't being relieved of your position?

    He's just a consultant now.

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    How soon until we get "Did you step down because Paul George likely played his last game as a Pacer?"

    I'm guessing first question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddielewis14 View Post
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    Are you saying being demoted isn't being relieved of your position?

    He's just a consultant now.
    That wasn't in response to what you were saying.

    I was just surprised to see that he's still around, but in a different role. I figured he would be gone completely.

    But I guess I shouldn't be, Simon loves the guy
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    That wasn't in response to what you were saying.

    I was just surpriaed to see that he's still around, but in a different role. I figured he would be gone completely.

    But I guess I shouldn't be, Simon loves the guy
    It aint just Bird. Pacers are like that from top to bottom. You have ushers still around from ABA. Freaking Walsh is still a consultant.

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    It aint just Bird. Pacers are like that from top to bottom. You have ushers still around from ABA. Freaking Walsh is still a consultant.
    I try to be as even keeled as I can here on the board, but I have to say... you are out of your mind with this Bird being fired narrative.

    It's simply not true.

    He stepped down, and has planned to do so for some time.

    Stop trying to create an alternative truth.

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    How soon until we get "Did you step down because Paul George likely played his last game as a Pacer?"

    I'm guessing first question.
    I'd be surprised if anyone asks that. I hope they do though

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    I try to be as even keeled as I can here on the board, but I have to say... you are out of your mind with this Bird being fired narrative.

    It's simply not true.

    He stepped down, and has planned to do so for some time.

    Stop trying to create an alternative truth.
    Part of me does wonder

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    I try to be as even keeled as I can here on the board, but I have to say... you are out of your mind with this Bird being fired narrative.

    It's simply not true.

    He stepped down, and has planned to do so for some time.

    Stop trying to create an alternative truth.
    Whoa man, I didn't ask you to believe me or agree with me. I have my reasons.

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Official statement

    http://www.nba.com/pacers/news/bird-...all-operations

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Monday that Larry Bird is stepping down as President of Basketball Operations with current Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Kevin Pritchard assuming Bird's position. Bird will remain with the team in an advisory role.

    "I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity," said Bird. "This has nothing to do with my health or our team. I'm 60 years old and I want to do other things away from basketball. I will do some scouting for the Pacers, NBA, college, international, do some appearances and stay in a capacity to advise senior basketball management. I love the Pacers, I grew up with the Pacers and admired them from a very young age. I want to thank the fans for their support throughout my career. I also want to thank (owner) Herb Simon for the many years of loyalty and for allowing me to stay with the team in a different role."

    "This is not a shock to me as Larry has always been up front about someday stepping down," said Simon. "I thank him for all that he has done and am very pleased he is remaining with the Pacers in a different capacity."

    The 49-year-old Pritchard has been with the Pacers five years, first as Director of Player Personnel before becoming General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations/General Manager. He previously had been General Manager for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2007-10 where he helped turn around a team that in 2008-09 posted the sixth-best record in franchise history (54-28) and made the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

    "I want to thank Herb, Larry and Donnie (Walsh) for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime," said Pritchard. "As someone who grew up in Indiana (he was born in Bloomington), I've always felt the Pacers' pride. The goal is always going to be the same as it has been through Donnie and Larry: to make this a world-class organization."

    "I have the utmost faith in Kevin taking over," said Simon. "He has learned from a couple of great ones, Donnie and Larry, while with the Pacers. We all feel he will do a tremendous job."

    Added Bird, "I'm very happy Kevin is stepping in and glad another Hoosier is in line to take over this job. He has a lot of experience from the past five years as a GM and he's ready to step into a leading role. With us, he has had his own ideas on the draft, players, and now he gets an opportunity to push his basketball abilities to the forefront. His role will be no different than mine was. He will make all final decisions on all basketball-related matters. There can only be one voice and it will be his."

    Pritchard played collegiately at Kansas and was part of the Jayhawks' 1988 National Championship team. He played in the NBA with Golden State, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami and Washington. After playing, he was the coach/general manager of the Kansas City Knights of the ABA, winning a championship in 2002. He then scouted for San Antonio, became Portland's Director of Player Personnel in 2004 and in the 2004-05 season was the Blazers' interim coach for 27 games. In 2006, he became Portland's assistant general manager before becoming GM in 2007.

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    That wasn't in response to what you were saying.

    I was just surpriaed to see that he's still around, but in a different role. I figured he would be gone completely.

    But I guess I shouldn't be, Simon loves the guy
    He wants more free time and to explore some other ventures. He will stay on where he's best... in scouting and drafting consults. That's about as good of a scenario as you can ask for. New more player friendly voice who is more risk tolerant, and the drafting pedigree of LB.

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Here we go

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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Bird said he made this decision before the season. Told Pritchard then.



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    "After looking at next year's budget, I almost wanted to stay."

    I'm not sure if that's more exciting or more painful...
    It's a new day for Pacers Basketball.

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    That wasn't in response to what you were saying.

    I was just surprised to see that he's still around, but in a different role. I figured he would be gone completely.

    But I guess I shouldn't be, Simon loves the guy
    Larry as the Pacers Queen of England is fine. A good figure head to roll out for stuff like the ASG or when talking to players.



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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Bird said had a budget in past years

    Much better budget this coming offseason

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    Bird said had a budget in past years

    Much better budget this coming offseason
    Interesting. Does Simon feel the potential of losing Paul? Paul's national branding sky rocketed these past 12 months, Signature shoe, gatorade commercials in playoffs, 2k cover. Losing Paul as a player would suck, but losing Paul as a potential brand would be ever worse for the Pacers IMO.



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    Also, I feel like you don't bump your budget if your plan is to move on from Paul.



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    Default Re: Larry Bird Thanks You; 11 AM Press Conference Link

    Q: Will you have an office in BLF?

    Bird: I don't know, they may want me here they may not.

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    He is coming back as an owner book it.
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    Also, I feel like you don't bump your budget if your plan is to move on from Paul.
    I dont think that's ever the plan. But if Paul ultimately wants to leave, it may end up being the plan

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    He is coming back as an owner book it.
    Larry doesn't have that kind of cash

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