This has been SUCH a great season.....
This has been SUCH a great season.....
Congrats to Larry.Well deserved and what Chad Ford said about another model of rebuilding a franchise, is absolutely spot on!
He's earned it all. Congrats!
Mr. Bird, congratulations on your very well deserved Executive Of The Year award.
And if you are contemplating walking away after this season as some in the media
have reported, I hope you know we would all love to have you back for an encore.
And to think that were in prime position to be MAJOR PLAYERS in this summers free agent and trade markets speaks volumes. It's not farfetched to think that Bird could win EOY back to back. This season has been above and beyond anyone's expectations and I'm glad to say that the Pacers are BACK!
Ujiri getting a single 3rd place vote is stupid.
When the miserable 09-10 season ended, who would have ever imagined that all of this fantastic stuff would be happening a mere two years later? I was always optimistic that Bird could make some things happen once he finally had cap space, but never would I have dreamed that we would have the 5th best record in the entire league for the 11-12 season.
You don't have that sort of drastic improvement unless you have a great executive. What Bird has done in the last 24 months is just incredible. Paul, DC, Hill, and West are major contributors to our team right now and none of them were on the roster two years ago. Barbosa and Lou have also been solid additions.
Well deserved award for Bird. Glad he's getting some major national recognition for the great thing he has done here.
Last edited by Sollozzo; 05-16-2012 at 03:17 PM.
Lenny Wilkins was the best player to become a good coach before Larry, and he never won an MVP. Of course Russell was a player-coach in his last year (but not COY). Magic Johnson was technically a coach, and a bad one, for awhile.
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Why in the **** did Pat Riley get a first place vote?
Otis Smith getting a 3rd place vote is even more stupid.
Congrats Larry Legend! He has done a hell of a job. Looking at where we were, to where we are now, its pretty incredible. Three time MVP, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year. And some people still question him. This just in, Larry Legend knows basketball!
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Hell yeah! Bird is a legend (and the only one to collect all three.)
It's a great list. And Paul George in the dunk contest (and maybe on an all-defensive team).
Plus George Hill returns home and the Pacers won a "bidding war" for a top level free agent (which a bunch of whiny Hoosiers said could never happen).
Bird has made a lot of mistakes (or TPTB) but this year he used the cap space perfectly on West and Barbosa, he turned Rush into a great post defender like Lou which helped out plenty and became a fan favorite, and he turned the draft pick into George Hill.
Now to be fair Rush is a pretty good player still so it's not like Lou was free, and Leonard is outright awesome so that deal is a wash in terms of "price", but both have been exactly what the team needed in terms of personality and culture (of winning, aggression, confidence), as did West/Barbosa.
Bringing in or getting in Shaw was a strong move as well.
Whatever was going on with JOB, and whatever was going on with the value of McRoberts, at least those things are moving to the past.
Really the most impressive thing is what they've done with drafts, or how they've lucked out maybe. Danny falls to 17, Roy goes at 17 (though even I wondered about his agility for the NBA), George doesn't "fall" but does slot perfectly to the Pacers due to low profile Frezno St, K Leonard also "falls" to the Pacers which gives them the buying power to get Hill for him. Price was a great 2nd round value, simply by the minutes he's already given the team.
For the 3rd time the Pacers have made a strong team, a top 5 NBA record team, without tanking. For me 3 times is enough to disprove the myth that the only way to become great is to get really bad.
Last edited by Naptown_Seth; 05-16-2012 at 05:19 PM.
Some interesting quotes from ESPN's story about Bird getting Executive of the year:
And he spoke even more about the franchise's inability to chase max level players:"We had to change the culture," Bird said. "I thought Jimmy O'Brien really helped us in that aspect. He came in here and knew exactly what we had to do. We had to not only change the culture, but we had to take it slow and get some players we thought we could build around."
IMO, that pretty much ends whatever might of been left of the Deron dream."I knew it was going to be tough, and it's still tough," he said. "We don't drive revenues like the big-market teams. We can't go after $17 million players. We've got to go a different way, and we've got to do it a piece at a time."
Here's the link on that story:
I've cut Bird so much slack this year it's unbelieveable. I've never been bashful saying what I thought were Bird blunders, but at the same time I've NEVER had a problem giving Bird his due either.
When I saw Bird was Exec of the Year my 1st thought was "that's a no brainer!" HE DESERVED IT! Congrats Mr. Bird.
It's amazing how we go from being a below .500 playoff team to a contender in a year.
Heck, we were 18 games under .500 2 years ago.
He's Larry Legend for a reason. The ONE, the ONLY.
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Generally I like advanced statistics, they can be useful.
But just, wow. Apparently Larry's a moron and this was a travesty.
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