Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Larry Bird stepped down as president of
the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, capping a series of major moves by the
Former CEO Donnie Walsh is returning to Indiana to replace Bird.
The team named Kevin Pritchard their new general manager. Pritchard was the
general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers until he was fired following the
2009-10 season. He joined the Pacers as director of player personnel last
The announcements came a day after David Morway gave his resignation as
The moves come at a critical time, just a day before the NBA draft. The Pacers
hold the 26th overall selection.
Bird, who said he made the decision to resign due in part to health issues
with his back and shoulder, will work through the draft Thursday night. After
that, he said he'd take a year off before deciding what to do next.
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