Larry Bird parts ways with Pacers

Associated Press
FILE - This Dec. 2, 1978 file photo shows Indiana State University basketball player  Larry Bird (33) going up to score over University of Evansville's  Barry Weston (40) in Evansville, Ind. The Indiana Pacers have parted ways with Bird. The 55-year-old Bird was the Pacers coach from 1997-2000, taking the team to its only NBA Finals appearance that final year, before returning to the front office in 2003.  (AP Photo/File)

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Larry Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers. Bird, perhaps the most respected and beloved basketball figure in a state obsessed with the sport, will leave his job as the Pacers' president of basketball operations at the end of August 2012.

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