The Legend keeps on growing…
On Wednesday, Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations, was named as the NBA Executive of the Year. The award is voted on by other executives in the NBA. This honor adds to the legendary Hall-of-Fame status for Bird. With the announcement on Wednesday, Bird becomes the only person in history to ever be named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Head Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. Bird also coached the Indiana Pacers for three seasons, leading the Pacers to their only NBA Finals appearance in 2000, and winning Head Coach of the Year honors in 1998.
The fact that Bird was named Executive of the Year this season was no big surprise to people in and around the Indiana Pacers organization. Bird has coached-up, broken-down, and rebuilt an NBA franchise that was ruined by ”The Brawl” in Detroit in 2004. Bird put his efforts into withstanding the outcry from the local and national media, the fans, and the NBA itself, to revamp and restore the Indiana Pacers to a positive, prolific, and contending team.
Here he stands, the 2012 NBA Executive of the Year, with a rookie head coach who finished third in voting for Head Coach of the Year, and a fresh-faced franchise that finished with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference. In only their second NBA Playoff appearance since since 2005, Bird’s Pacers knocked off the Orlando Magic in five games, and have stolen home court advantage the Miami Heat.
Bird knows basketball…how to play it, how to coach it, and how to to manage it. The sky is the limit for this franchise.