Nov 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird presents guard George HIll (left) a community assist award before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Larry Bird Sends Out Interesting Email

Monday was certainly an interesting day for the Indiana Pacers. If one includes Sunday’s 88-107 blowout loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, it was quite the 48 hours in and around Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In the same day that Pacers head coach Frank Vogel cancelled his team’s practice, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal tweeted that he received a questionable email from Pacers President of Basketball Operations, Larry Bird.

Apparently, Bird’s email was a promotional push for a couple of Indiana’s players to receive votes from the media for individual accolades.

Below is what Winderman said via Twitter:

Winderman continues…

Winderman’s third and final Tweet about Bird’s email:

Odd timing, indeed.

While the Indiana Pacers continue their journey down the wrong road in early spring, the act that Bird pulled Monday is undoubtedly a head-scratcher.

Mar 30, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) shoots in the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Bird, normally known to downplay individual accomplishments, statistics and various other egocentric feats, is clearly pushing for such support from media across the country in recollection of the season in its entirety. Indiana, despite its woeful second portion of the season, will finish as the East’s No. 1 or No. 2 seed no matter what — which is nothing to scoff at.

Larry Bird does mention Indiana’s “total body of work,” a valid point for media to consider when voting for season-ending individual awards, such as the All-NBA teams, Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

Paul George has established himself as one of the top all-around players in the NBA. I would be surprised if he did not receive votes for any of the first, second or third All-NBA teams.

As far as Lance Stephenson for Most Improved or Roy Hibbert for DPoY, those seem like a stretch. Both are probably in the discussion, but unlikely to earn any individual award due to those that have surpassed them over the course of the season.

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