Bird returns to Indiana

Published 2:30 am Thursday, June 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird will be re-introduced to the media Thursday morning as the Pacers’ president of basketball operations.

The team confirmed the move Wednesday.

It’s hardly a surprise. Bird has been attending draft workouts regularly with the Pacers top executives this month and had been said to have shown interest in a front office job with Sacramento, too.

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Bird constructed the team that pushed Miami to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals this month, but left the franchise last summer. He says he has now had time to reflect, rest and take care of some health issues.

Donnie Walsh, who succeeded Bird in that role, will become a consultant to the team.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday.