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Indiana’s Larry Bird named NBA Executive of the Year

May 16, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York Reuters

He’s an NBA MVP. He’s an NBA champion. He’s an NBA Coach of the Year.

And now he’s an NBA Executive of the Year. Not a bad resume.

Larry Bird was voted the honor by his peers, the league announced. Bird is the first person ever to be an MVP, COY and now Executive of the Year. There’s a whole bunch of other accolades we could put on his historic and unique career in basketball as well.

You have to wonder if this was not kind of a lifetime achievement/going away present for Bird, who most expect to leave the Pacers after this season.

Not that he didn’t deserve it, Bird has made a numbers of smart moves that have brought the Pacers to a 42-24 record and the third seed in the East, a team that has advanced to the second round of the playoffs and is giving the Heat all they can handle.

He drafted Roy Hibbert and Paul George in recent years to put around Danny Granger. This summer he signed David West then later traded for Leandro Barbosa. He also found and hired coach Frank Vogel.

Second place in the voting went to Spurs GM R.C. Buford, who has remade the Spurs roster around the big three and turned them into an offensive force and contender.

Third was the Clippers Neil Olshey, who has turned around the Clipper franchise and was able to swing the blockbuster trade for Chris Paul. Olshey was my choice, not simply for the Paul trade but more for being at the heart of changing the culture around at what had been the worst franchise in the Association.

Chicago’s Gar Forman was fourth, Utah’s Kevin O’Conner fifth.

  1. rapschiefs - May 16, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Raptors drafted hibbert

  2. hwatt - May 16, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    well, it would seem like Olshey would have to come with an asterisk due to a major assist from David Stern for allowing Paul to still be available.

    I could Bird getting it regardless this year, based on the fact he basically built the Spurs/East.

    • hwatt - May 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      oh yeah- somewhere, Jordan seethes.

  3. istillbelieveinblue - May 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Granger was his his choice as well, even though technically Donnie Walsh was still in charge. He traded for Collison and George Hill. He convinced David West that Indiana was a better fit than Boston. He hired Brian Shaw as associate head coach. Larry basically gutted the team, then stayed the course through some very difficult seasons. The Simons deserve some credit too, for giving Larry the time to rebuild the franchise. I really hope he stays on, but I’m pretty sure he retires.

  4. acdc363 - May 16, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Still kicking ass!

  5. dysraw1 - May 16, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    can’t argue this call in the least he really did an excellent job assembling this crew

  6. azaanforeal - May 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Does this guy copies everything from Rotoworld.com….It funny because they post the exact samething first…..what a copy cat….so much for working…

    • troy10 - May 16, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Go read Rotoworld then… easy fix.

  7. 11jlacy - May 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Larry showing mj how to do it ya dig!!!!

  8. drewzducks - May 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    … and Isiah is saying that he won it cuz he’s white.

  9. andyprough - May 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    How about Bird’s long-time nemesis Magic Johnson?

    MVP? Check
    Coach of the Year award? Not exactly
    Exec of the Year award? Not exactly

    Just goes to show you – guys like me and Larry who were born in Indiana are the bomb.

    But hey, at least Magic helped get Frank McCourt’s divorce proceedings off of my ESPN.

  10. blacc24 - May 16, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Well deserved doing a great job in Indy.

  11. boilerup1869 - May 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    The state of Indiana mostly sucks but this is a nice bright spot. Grats Larry! (take notes, MJ!)

    • istillbelieveinblue - May 17, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      So a loser Purdue fan is trashing the State of Indiana?

    • dexterismyhero - May 17, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Purdue, keeping ugly chicks out of IU since 1869!!!!!!

      Thanks Boilerdown.

      Mostly sucks I guess would be in West Lafayette right?

      • boilerup1869 - May 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Went to Purdue but I’m from Chicago – that’s how I know the state of Indiana mostly sucks.

  12. 11jlacy - May 17, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Congrats mr bird now call mj n give him a few tips.

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