All hopes, dreams, and rumors about Celtics legend Larry Bird replacing Doc Rivers on the Celtics bench have officially been put to rest, according Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports.
Wojnarowski reported Wednesday afternoon that the 56-year old will return to the Indiana Pacers front office in an undisclosed role, just one year after stepping down as President of Basketball Operations following nine years on the job.
Bird’s relationship with the Pacers goes back to 1997, when the team hired him as head coach, a position he held for three seasons. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in his first season, and in his third and final season led Indiana to first and only Finals appearance in franchise history, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games.
In recent years, he’s been credited for bringing the Pacers back to NBA prominence by drafting the likes of Danny Granger, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, and Lance Stephenson in addition to acquiring Gerald Green, George Hill, and David West. Bird’s work of rebuilding the roster garnered NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2012.
Bird played all 13 seasons of his NBA career with the Celtics, leading the Green to 3 NBA titles (1981, 1984, 1986). He is widely considered to be not only one of the greatest Celtics of all time, but one of the greatest players in NBA history.