Bird wins NBA Executive of the Year

Bird wins NBA Executive of the Year
May 16, 2012, 6:03 pm
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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.