Larry Bird says his decision to step down should not affect Paul George’s decision
Larry Bird surprised many when he decided to step down from his position as president of basketball operations of the Indiana Pacers. He has now handed over the reigns to Kevin Pritchard, who perviously served as the team’s general manager.
During his press conference, the former three-time MVP was asked how he thinks his decision will affect the future of Paul George in Indianapolis. Bird said it won’t at all, as he knows “Paul is going to do what Paul wants to do.”
Bird added that he understands wherever his franchise player may end up, he knows his choice is going to be based on what he believes will be most beneficial to him, both as a player and a person.
Bird’s meetings this season with George have been well publicized as the team informed him that they are committed to bringing in more talented players to help him win games and hopefully contend for a title in the near future. Although the 60-year-old veteran front office executive may not be calling the shots for the Pacers anymore, he will still be part of the organization in a scouting role, which will be very important, as he can still be a factor to persuading George to stay put.
If there’s any advantage to the Pacers being eliminated early in the playoffs, it’s that they will have more time to plan their next moves and focus on how to improve their roster for next season. However, before adding more players, they will need to make sure to secure the services of George first and foremost.