Bird open to Pacers return
Larry Bird may be back.
Bird’s future with the Indiana Pacers is still in question, but he told reporters Wednesday he would be open to coming back.
Bird said it’s imperative he and owner Herb Simon are sharing a common view of the future.
“(I want to talk to him about) the direction of the team, what kind of job he thinks we’re doing, if there’s anything he sees that we should be doing better,” Bird said. “Just a number of questions. I’ve got a lot of them written down to ask him and hopefully we can get the answers we like and move on.”
Bird was named NBA Executive of the Year this season. He said Wednesday he loves his job and like the direction of the team, which was ousted in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Miami Heat.
Bird has overseen basketball operations for the Pacers since 2008. He also coached the team from 1997-2000.
“I wouldn’t want to sign a four- or five-year deal because I’m getting older,” Bird said. “I don’t know long I want to do this but I do love my job and what we have to do is find out which direction we want this franchise to go.”