Pacers GM resigns, team to hold news conference today


Indiana Pacers President Larry Bird is meeting with owner Herb Simon Tuesday afternoon, and he is expected to leave the team.

A news conference has been announced for Wednesday, June 27, at 11:00 am.

On Tuesday David Morway resigned as general manager of the Pacers amid reports that Larry Bird is on the way out, too.

Morway was hired by the Pacers in 1999 and had been GM since 2008.

Our partners at the Indianapolis Star report that Bird is 100 percent sure he won't return. There have been some rumors that former team president Donnie Walsh will be rejoining the team after a four-year run with the New York Knicks.

During the past few years, there has been speculation after each season he would leave the team. Recently it seemed Bird was staying with the team for another year, based on his own statements. In his most recent interview with WTHR in late May, Bird said he planned to stay with the team.

Bird has been with the Pacers off and on since 1997. He is being credited with rebuilding the Pacers in the past few years, even to the point of making it well into the NBA Playoffs this past season. In addition he helped to pack the house at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, selling out on game nights.

The name Bird is synonymous with Indiana basketball, and he is one of this state's true living legends. He had humble beginnings playing high school basketball in French Lick. Bird then took Indiana State to the national title game in 1979. He spent years as a star for the Boston Celtics. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. In addition Bird has been a part of the Pacers as coach and in the front office off and on since 1997.

Bird is the only person to having been named Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year and NBA Executive of the Year.