The Pacers had their first series of preseason workouts with a handful of various prospects in the upcoming NBA draft. There were a handful of players that seemed to fit needs for the Pacers, the highest profile of which was a familiar face to many fans out west.
The Pacers have had some good luck in recent years with Pac-12 players, Bennedict Mathurin being the latest example of the Pacers taking advantage of the talent out west.
During the workouts many fans were surprised to see a familiar face that formerly had been involved in many of the teams decisions over the last multiple decades.
Larry Bird, of course, has a long history with the Indiana Pacers. He has been with the team in multiple positions throughout the years including as head coach and multiple stints as Pacers president of basketball operations. He is known to have close relationships with many inside the organization, including current head coach Rick Carlisle.
Bird is always a welcome addition for his insights to the organization.
While Bird has had many flops in terms of draft additions (anybody remember that Tyler Hansbrough pick?) but he also clearly knows basketball as the only man alive to ever with NBA MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year, a feat you have to have some expertise to pull off. And given that he is from Indiana, Bird has always seemed to want was is best for the basketball team that defines the Hoosier state.
We don’t know all of the details of what insight Bird was able to provide or whether he was just there to hang out with old friends, it’s good to see the Indiana legend still taking an interest in the team after stepping away in 2022.
The Pacers will always have a place for Larry Legend.