CHICAGO — Danny Ainge and the Celtics were surprised by the news yesterday that Larry Bird is stepping down as Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations. The Pacers had yet to make an official announcement, but the initial report by Yahoo Sports was confirmed. The C's legend coached the Pacers
Tampering just isn't a thing in the NBA anymore. If you're an executive and you contact an agent or player? Get ready for the swift hammer of justice from the league office. If you're an owner cozying up a potential free agent? Same thing. But a player? As a player you can openly talk to
Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne believe the prospects of rebuilding the Pacers without Paul George could be a motivating factor in why Larry Bird is stepping down as team president.