Bird on Resignation: ‘You just get tired’
After spending more than three decades in professional basketball, (Larry) Bird said that he still wasn’t ready to call this a full retirement.
“You never know,” he said of a possible return to management. “It’s got to be the right job, the right people, what their commitment really is. I’ve got some interest in some jobs out there but whether I do it again, who knows?”
Regardless of his future plans, it was clearly time for a break.
“It seemed like for the last 30-something years, I go out or I get up and somebody is wanting something,” Bird said. “You just get tired. It wears you down. I just want to lay low.”
The Pacers named long-time executive Donnie Walsh as Bird’s replacement and promoted Bird’s protege — director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard — to GM after parting ways with former GM David Morway.