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Pacers president Walsh says he will step aside if Larry Bird returns

May 7, 2013, 6:19 PM EST

Donnie Walsh AP

After a year off to get healthy, does Larry Bird want to get back in the team president game?

Bird left the Pacers as team president last year on good terms, wanting to rest an injured shoulder.

But if Bird wants to come back, the 72-year-old Walsh told the New York Post he’d step aside.

Walsh, the 72-year-old former Knicks president, told The Post Sunday he recently asked Bird if he wants to come back and he’d be willing to step aside. Walsh still hasn’t heard an answer from Bird….

Walsh said yesterday he would return if Bird doesn’t and owner Herb Simon wants him to. “I like this but I don’t need to do it,’’ Walsh said.

Walsh and GM Kevin Pritchard will run the draft for the team, but after that don’t be shocked if Bird returns. Which is a good thing, he’s a savvy exec who helped build the roster the Pacers have now.

  1. melkipershero - May 7, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Pretty much the Pacers cant go wrong. Both are great front office guys. If I was a struggling team Id try to snatch Walsh up quick if he leaves.

    • fanofevilempire - May 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      thumbs up to Donnie for what the Knickerbockers are.

      he should get a hat like Melo, he is a bad ass dude.

  2. misterdreamer119 - May 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Bird is one of the few legends who could play, coach and gm.

  3. theripster30 - May 7, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    The NBA would be a better league if a lot more teams did their business the way the Pacers do. They have proved for the better part of the last 25 years, any small market team can be a consistent contender.

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