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Larry Bird doesn’t sound like a guy hanging around for long

Jun 27, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

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You’re not going to have Larry Bird to kick around much longer, Pacers fans.

At least that’s how it sounds in a conversation Bird had with the Boston Globe.

“It’s at a point now in my life where I think it might be time to really reconsider and see how long I want to do this,’’ said Bird, now 54. “They asked me to stay another year through the lockout season, the owner did, for a favor. I was leaving, but he asked me to stay, and I will and I’ll get the job done.

“I just think the franchise is in a good position right now, and I want to leave it in a good position for the next guy to do some good things. Sometimes you just look at it and say, ‘Hey, I’ve done enough. I’ve got it in the position I want to get it in,’ and you move on. I’ve got another year here and I’m going to try to do the best I can to get this team back to winning.’’

The Pacers need some changes for that to happen. They are one of those teams stuck in the NBA’s middle ground — they are not good enough to challenge for a title, not bad enough to get a super high draft pick that can transform the franchise. Bird is trying to make some move with the trade to get George Hill on draft night, but that is not enough.

Bird may not be around for the big changes. He sounds like a guy ready to retire. Although, some franchise would be smart to bring him in as a consultant to the owner. He gets the basketball side of the business. He’d be a great resource.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jun 28, 2011 at 2:33 AM

    Bird was honestly a better coach than executive… while I’ll miss him being around the game, I think the Pacers will be fine without him. I feel like Donnie Walsh was the executive behind their early-2000s success…

  2. ac0117 - Jun 28, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    I think the Pacers are a pretty talented team and a pretty young one too. It’s OK to be in the NBA middle ground if you are young and getting better, aka teams like the Sixers, Pacers, etc. Larry has done a pretty good job IMO

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