It appears that Larry Bird and Herb Simon are both committed to the continued rebuild to the Indiana professional basketball team.
On Tuesday afternoon Pacers president Herb Simon announced that the team will keep Larry Bird as its president and David Morway as the general manager.
These announcements came after Bird met with Simon personally in Los Angeles to discuss his future with the team.
“I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going,” said Simon in a statement released through the team. “I’m glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.”
Earlier this month at a news conference, Bird said he wanted to return to the franchise but wanted to make sure the team was committed to winning. While no details of the meeting have emerged, it appeared Bird was satisfied enough to continue with the team's rebuilding efforts.
“The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations,” said Bird in a statement released through the team. “To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.
Bird's first priority will be to find a permanent head coach for the team. Frank Vogel served in the interim role from the end of January and led the team to its first playoff appearance since 2006.
“I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation," said Bird in a statement released through the team.