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Iodine
03-23-2012, 01:04 PM
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/bye_bye_bird_ie_cpnHrR0HJB38R7tWWRc5iJ
Larry Bird’s head-faking, bed-unmaking, Dwight Howard imitating stretch as Pacers president is coming to a conclusion at season’s end regardless of how the 26-18 team finishes, maintains someone very much in the know.
“He has definitely decided not to return,” the source asserted.
Hired six seasons ago as Donnie Walsh’s eventual replacement, Bird was paid $5 million per for the first five. It appeared he was about to retire to his home in Naples, Fla., after last season. However, a strong finish, topped by a promising first round playoff showing against the Bulls, and an appeal from owner Herb Simon to stick around convinced him otherwise, in spite of having his salary slashed to $1 million.

A handshake promise was given Simon last summer by Bird that he would consider re-upping for another season, but that has been ruled out. It’s believed Simon is aware of such and has a petite list of prospective replacement candidates.
Walsh, I’m told, is eager to get back to work full time for a team as soon as his consultancy contract with the Knicks expires, yet it’s doubtful he would be rehired by Simons.
“They’re just not as close as they once were,” claimed a source.
The firm belief by those with a pulse on the situation: Simon is more apt to choose a marquee name like Reggie Miller or Chris Mullin as opposed to promoting the people on site, general manager David Moray or personnel director Kevin Pritchard.

VCaintdead17
03-23-2012, 01:43 PM
Bird has put us in a good position for the future, and has done all he can with this team. Pritchard and Morway are more than capable of taking things from here.

PacersForLife
03-23-2012, 01:54 PM
Mike Wells ‏ @MikeWellsNBA Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Owner Herb Simon on supposedly being aware of Bird's plans: "I talk to Larry everyday he has not said anything to me about leaving."

:shrug:

lvlheaded
03-23-2012, 02:08 PM
I have trouble believing he would just leave like this while the team is on the upswing. It just doesnt make much sense to me.

If he does leave, I would be surprised if Mullin doesnt get the job. Idk why I just feel like thats where they would go with it

PacersForLife
03-23-2012, 02:17 PM
I have trouble believing he would just leave like this while the team is on the upswing. It just doesnt make much sense to me.

If he does leave, I would be surprised if Mullin doesnt get the job. Idk why I just feel like thats where they would go with it

He had his chance in Golden State and didn't do too well. I would think David Morway or Kevin Pritchard would take over if Larry does step down, they are already both in our front office and fully capable. I wouldn't mind seeing Reggie involved with this team in some way, just not sure he is fit for taking over Larry's job.

heyman321
03-23-2012, 04:15 PM
Bird himself reported this is false. Close the thread *****es!

J4KOP99
03-23-2012, 04:17 PM
Bird himself reported this is false. Close the thread *****es!

yup

JasonJohnHorn
03-23-2012, 10:48 PM
Bird has put us in a good position for the future, and has done all he can with this team. Pritchard and Morway are more than capable of taking things from here.

Bird has done a great job of building through the draft and via trades, and all while leaving some breathing room under the cap. Pritchard is a great GM and would be the best replacement for Bird, unless they can pry away whoever the Spurs have in their front office.

I wish Bird all the happiness in his retirement, and I am sad to see his career as a GM end so soon, just as I was sad to see his playing days come to an early end, and his very promising coaching career. Something tells me that Bird will be back before too long.

PacersForLife
03-23-2012, 11:25 PM
Bird has done a great job of building through the draft and via trades, and all while leaving some breathing room under the cap. Pritchard is a great GM and would be the best replacement for Bird, unless they can pry away whoever the Spurs have in their front office.

I wish Bird all the happiness in his retirement, and I am sad to see his career as a GM end so soon, just as I was sad to see his playing days come to an early end, and his very promising coaching career. Something tells me that Bird will be back before too long.

Good points, but keep in mind he is not officially leaving. It's just a rumor. :D

lydiawbnt
03-24-2012, 10:51 AM
http://www.vvio.info/jpg1I have trouble believing he would just leave like this while the team is on the upswing. It just doesnt make much sense to me.

If he does leave, I would be surprised if Mullin doesnt get the job. Idk why I just feel like thats where they would go with it

It just doesnt make much sense to me.

tobydqgm
03-24-2012, 11:04 AM
Bird himself reported this is false. Close the thread *****es! http://www.bicidi.info/jpg1Bird himself reported this is false. Close the thread

The Final Boss
03-24-2012, 11:11 AM
The second I read that Bird was only making one million a year I knew this was a b.s. report.

king_of_limbs
03-24-2012, 01:33 PM
The second I read that Bird was only making one million a year I knew this was a b.s. report.

damn you Simmons!

The Final Boss
03-24-2012, 02:01 PM
damn you Simmons!

If Larry Legend worked at McDonald's they would pay him a million dollars just to flip burgers and scoop fries.

GoPacers33
03-24-2012, 05:18 PM
Why is this still open

IndyRealist
03-24-2012, 05:22 PM
Why is this still open

It's news. Even if it's a made up lie by a hack of a writer.