"Larry Legend" To Be Introduced Thursday At Press Conference

Bird Returns As Pacers President

By Eric Dutkiewicz

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Larry Bird

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 8:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) - Larry Bird is returning to the front office of the Indiana Pacers after a year hiatus.

The Pacers have called a press conference for 10 a.m. Thursday to introduce Bird as the new President of Basketball Operations.

The press conference will mark a year to the day since Bird left the same position due to health concerns. Bird had been team president since 2003, and won NBA Executive of the Year in the 2011-12 season.

Bird replaces Donnie Walsh, who replaced Bird last season. The Pacers say Walsh accepted the team president job with the understanding Bird may return.

As team president, Bird drafted Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson; and landing George Hill and David West through trades and free agency.

Bird is a native of French Lick, Ind., who won three NBA World Championships and three Most Valuable Player awards with the Boston Celtics and a Gold Medal with the 1992 Dream Team. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

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