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Class A Northwest League. The penalty will take effect if Martinez signs with a
big league organization. There have been 102 suspensions this year under the
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Sijsling validated his No. INDIANAPOLIS —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. He spent four years
building the team into an Eastern Conference contender and was this seasons NBA
executive of the year, but is instead moving on after saying just a month ago
that he was willing to stay. Bird said health issues were among the reasons for
his departure. He said he may need shoulder surgery and cited longstanding
issues with his back. “I just think its time,” he said at a news conference
Wednesday as the team announced an executive reorganization. Bird said was
prepared to leave last year with the organization headed in the right direction.
He and owner Herb Simon had discussed his eventual departure for a few years.
Bird also said that payroll issues with the small-market Pacers did not affect
his decision. “(Simon) knows to get to the next level were going to spend some
money,” Bird said. “Every time I went to Herb about a player or about money to
spend, he questioned it. And he should. At the end of the day, he always said go
ahead and do what you have to do to make this team better. Thats the support you
need. ... Were going to spend money.” Bird said he plans to take a year off and
get healthy before he evaluates his situation. He did not rule out a return to
basketball. Owning a team used to be a goal, but he said he no longer has that
interest. Simon said he had hoped to keep Bird, who will stay on for the draft
when the Pacers are scheduled to pick No. 26 overall in the first round Thursday
night. His contract expires Aug. 30. “I feel sad (with) the announcement that
Larrys going to be leaving us,” said Simon, who continued to talk to Bird about
staying as late as Monday. “Larry could have stayed here as long as he wants,
but he has his own reasons. The Pacers organization appreciates everything hes
done for us in his nine years. We wish him the very best and hope that we can
still be associated with him in the coming years.” 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 he returned to the teams front office in 2003. He took
full control as president of basketball decisions after the 2007-08 season, when
Donnie Walsh left to become the New York Knicks president. Walsh is returning as
the Pacers president. Kevin Pritcchard, the director of player personnel, is
being promoted to general manager, replacing David Morway, who resigned Tuesday.
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travel the country to evaluate collegiate prospects, leaving that to Pritchard.
Simon first seriously talked to Walsh about the job two weeks ago. “It was a
good fit,” Walsh said. “When Larry decided to go, it was easy for Herb to look
at me and I felt natural in coming back here. I had gotten used to, hey, maybe I
wont do it again. So, I had to rethink that again. “(I would have been
interested in another team) only if it was a real situation for me where I knew
Id fit. Im not just throwing my name out for jobs. I wouldnt do that.” Bird had
said just a month ago that he wanted to stay and expressed interest in a
three-year deal rather than the annual “handshake” agreements he had with Simon.
It wasnt to be, and now the Pacers will look to continue their resurgence. Under
Bird, the Pacers went 36-46 in 2008-09 and 32-50 in 2009-10 and then, two
seasons ago, the Pacers were 17-27 when Bird fired coach Jim OBrien in what
proved to be a spark. Interim coach Frank Vogel then took a young team with core
players Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Tyler Hansbrough and Darren Collison and
guided it to the playoffs. The Pacers challenged the Chicago Bulls before losing
the first-round series 4-1. This year, Indiana beat Orlando easily in the first
round before falling to eventual champion Miami in six games. Bird, of course,
is as well known in Indiana as John Wooden or Bob Knight. The former Indiana
State star from tiny French Lick won three MVP awards and three NBA titles
during his Hall of Fame career with Boston. As the Pacers president, he took a
franchise humbled by the brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans in 2004,
made a series of difficult trades to get rid of troublemakers, rebuilt through
the draft and returned the Pacers to the Eastern Conference semifinals this
season. It was Indianas deepest post-season run in seven years. The franchise
with a tarnished image is now one of the leagues most promising teams despite
its small-market status. Bird built the team the old-fashioned way—by
drafting players (Paul George and Hansbrough) and developing them through the
team structure, making shrewd decisions to trade for others (George Hill and
Collison) and finding affordable free agents (David West). The Pacers, well
under the salary cap, are expected to be a significant player in free agency. ’
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