Bird wins NBA Executive of the Year

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Bird wins NBA Executive of the Year

PHILADELPHIA Larry Legend does it again.

Boston Celtics great Larry Bird continues to add on honors in his post-playing career, the latest being named the NBA's Executive of the Year for the 2011-2012 season.

Bird becomes the first person to win league MVP, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year honors.

Currently president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, Bird was instrumental in assembling a Pacers that went 42-34 this season and finished with the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Indiana is the second round of the playoffs now, and are in a 1-1 series tie with the Miami Heat as Games 3 and 4 move to Indiana.

Among his most impressive accomplishments this season:

Hiring Frank Vogel who was the team's interim head coach for the final 46 games of last season.

Signing David West, a player that Danny Ainge and the Celtics were hot after as well.

Trading for Leandro Barbosa, a major part of their second unit.

Getting the most out of recent draft picks Roy Hibbert (2008), Tyler Hansbrough (2009) and Paul George (2010).

With the Celtics, Bird won league MVP three times (1984-1986).

And as a head coach with the Pacers, he was named Coach of the Year in 1998.

For the Executive of the Year award, Bird finished ahead of R.C. Buford of San Antonio and Neil Olshey of the Los Angeles Clippers. Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, finished a distant 14th for the award.

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.