Indiana basketball legend Larry has officially resigned from the Pacers, a move that he has been contemplating since 2011. After the Indiana Pacers were utterly swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the defending NBA champions, Bird saw an opportunity to step down and stick to an earlier promise of bringing a new voice and vision to the team.
Pacers fans are confident that General Manager Kevin Pritchard will figure out how to organize the back office now that Bird is no longer around to inject his considerable experience in professional basketball; however, this departure brings a certain degree of uncertainty.
The fact that the Pacers had a very hard time securing a spot in the playoffs this season is indicative that the team has seen better days. To a certain extent, the team was able to make the playoffs thanks to an unfortunate losing streak by the Miami Heat, a team that was nipping at the heels of the Pacers and the Chicago Bulls.
Star player Paul George, one of the best in the league, may seek to play elsewhere in search of a championship ring or more salary. Should George depart in the wake of Bird’s resignation, the Pacers would have no choice but to rebuild and hope to one day make the Eastern Conference Finals again.
Larry Bird was one of the reasons keeping George in the Pacers; the leadership and experience of the Hall of Fame legend are very attractive to players who want to live and play professional basketball at their maximum levels.