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Report: Larry Bird meeting with Kings, wants $5 million per year and maybe partial ownership

Jun 5, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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Larry Bird built a large share of the Pacers team that came one game from reaching the NBA Finals before stepping down for health reasons. There were rumblings he could return to Indiana, but the Pacers have already replaced him with two good basketball men, Donnie Walsh and Kevin Pritchard. So, while a comeback might be possible, it would be at least a little awkward.

But if Bird wants to run a team again, he could return elsewhere with fewer complications. So, he’s reportedly talking to new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. The sometimes-plugged-in, sometimes-rumor-mongering Peter Vecsey:

If I were Larry Bird, I’d ask for a lot of money to coach the Kings, too. Their top talent, DeMarcus Cousins, can be a pain to deal with. Tyreke Evans is a restricted free agent, and Sacramento could very well face the dilemma of overpaying him or losing him for nothing. The Kings have the seventh pick in a five-, maybe six-, player draft, though someone could fall. The team’s pieces don’t fit together that well, and the salary-cap picture isn’t great. Plus, Bird wouldn’t get to choose his own coach, because Ranadive already hired Michael Malone.

The Kings can get a good GM. There are bleaker outposts, and Sacramento seems to have a committed fan base and owner.

But to get someone with the cache of Bird could be very expensive. If that’s worth it to Ranadive, more power to him.

  1. fanofevilempire - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Larry is a good basketball guy, if he wants 5 mil to take the
    the job you give it to him and get out the way.
    The guy is a winner and he doesn’t want to fail, if all sides
    are comfortable the Kings will be alright.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Your comment is so true. Get out of the way and let Larry Legend build you a contender. Still, there may not be a much bleaker outpost in the middle of the summer than Sacto. Bird probably stays in Indiana for the cooler Great Lakes summer season, anyhow.

      • jrs7180 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Really? Northern California is bleaker than Indianapolis? Or Salt Lake? Or San Anton? Or Cleveland, Detroit, Minn? Not judging…just throwing it out there. Not sure why Sacto is always dumped on. Now with committed ownership and a new arena on the horizon, AND the only way this franchise can go is up, to me it seems ideal in many ways. If wins improve, the exec will be hailed for the success and the fans will love you. Also, the media is no where near as intense as NY/LA. Seems like a good situation, on many levels, to me.

      • adoombray - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Sac has a die hard fan base with good strong Laker Hating history. Sac also has a really killer nightlife with one of the best downtown bar circuits of any city i’ve ever been in and I’ve lived all up and down the Cali coast. If you bring in someone with the respectability of Larry Bird, guys will be lining up to play there.

      • adoombray - Jun 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        oh and… the NBA doesn’t play in the summer. he can fly wherever he wants during the 100+ degree summers lol

    • 1historian - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Well said – hire the right guy, give him the money and get out of the way.

      Easy to say not so easy to do.

  2. yousername1512 - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Who said anything about him “coaching”? Isn’t he in talks to join in an executive capacity?

  3. therealhtj - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Hick like Bird will be right at home.

  4. jrazz22 - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Writer has a vendetta against the Kings. Must be a Sonic fan.

  5. sportsnut101 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Bird did a great job with pacers roster. Paul George looks like future star Hibbert was a nice pick as well Danny granger before he hurt himself was nice as well

    It just depends on spot in draft sumtimes luck makes u good to

    Kings have a weird roster they play hard in so many games they can score with anyone I tell u that it’s the young mental braked owns that does it to the team Maybe this coach will help.

    Keep cousins trade Evans sign n trade or watever.

  6. badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Make Larry the coach and the GM. Smart.

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