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November 6, 2013

The Bird Years: From player to executive

Larry’s vision, experience revives Pacers



Bird returns again in ’13

Citing health reasons, Bird left the Pacers in 2012. Walsh returned to guide the team during the 2012-13 season and a healthy Bird returned to the Pacers as president in June 2013.

“My goal when I got here was to keep together the team that Larry put together. It wasn’t just on the floor, but in the front office [with current general manager Kevin Pritchard],” Walsh said. “He’s built what you really want in a team. It has players that are committed. It has coaches that are committed. They work well together, and they work hard.”

Bird will always be a Celtic. That will never change. But does his influence on the Pacers warrant the same adulation from his home state fans?

It’s a no-brainer so far as Walsh is concerned.

“He built the team. It’s a very good team and if you look at the ages it has a great future,” said Walsh, who is now a Pacers consultant for basketball operations.

“So if you accept what I just said, then what could be better for the state of Indiana than to have the No. 1 icon in the history of the state leading the professional franchise? I don’t think it can be better than that.”

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