Larry Bird, whose contract to oversee basketball operations in Indianapolis was set to expire this summer, will return to the job next year. The terms of his extension have not been announced but both Mr. Legend and Pacers Owner Herb Simon have confirmed that Larry isn’t going anywhere. Nor is assistant to the general manager David Morway. He will remain second-in-command.
UPDATE: As far as terms of the new deal, Mike Wells has the skinny:
Bird will continue to take things year-to-year, welcome to stay as president as long as he wants, owner Herb Simon said.
“The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations,” said Bird. “To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.
“I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation.”
“I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going,” said Simon. “I’m glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.”
So … that’s settled.
Now time to find a coach. I hear Frank Vogel is available.