Report: Bird stepping down as Pacers president


Report: Bird stepping down as Pacers president

Larry Bird has won championships as a player here in Boston. He has coached the Pacers to the Finals, and this year he was named basketball's top executive.

Now he's stepping away from the game, at least for the time being.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, Bird is "100 percent sure" he will not return as president of the team.

The Star reports that Bird, 55, is dealing with some health issues and will likely take a year off before deciding if he wants to return to any sort of front-office position.

Bird earned 1 million this year, and is walking away less than two months after being named NBA Executive of the Year. He became the first person to be named Executive of the Year, Coach of the Year (1998Pacers) and Most Valuable Player (three times with the Boston Celtics).

The Pacers made the playoffs in 2011 for the first time since 2006, but they made a leap this past season, finishing with the league's fifth-best record, and giving the eventual NBA Champion Miami Heat a scare in the Eastern Conference Semifinals before losing in six games.

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston. 
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games. 


“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer. 
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes. 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand. 
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference. 
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists.