Red Sox Spend Big With Ramirez, Sandoval Bills Say Stadium Will Be Ready For Sunday AHL Checkers Likely To Leave Hornets' Arena NFL Franchise Notes Bills Plan To Practice, Play In Buffalo This Week Rockies Brass Conducts Twitter Q&A With Fans Coyotes' Ownership Status On BOG Agenda Kings Get Salary-Cap Relief For Voynov Amid Blizzard, NFL Moves Jets-Bills To Ford Field Pacers Hire Shamrock S&E To Find Sponsorships
SBD/April 23, 2012/Franchises
Pacers Launch Six-Figure Ad Campaign As NBA Playoffs Get Set To Begin
Published April 23, 2012
END OF AN ERA? SI's Phil Taylor notes for Bird, it "appears that the curtain might soon come down on Act III, in which he has been a quietly effective team president, rebuilding the Pacers into an upper-echelon team again, the likely third seed in the East in the upcoming playoffs." The rumor of his departure "may be premature," but it is "not hard to imagine him deciding to return to his home in Naples, Fla., for good." With each career move he "recedes further into the background, leaving center stage to others." Taylor: "We may not see another like him again. Has anyone pulled off Bird's trifecta -- star for a team, coach a team, build a team -- with so much success?" Bird had the "rare combination of playing ability, coaching patience and an eye for talent -- a basketball man in full." He "may have been most at home on the court, but he wasn't out of his depth on the bench or in the office" (SI, 4/23 issue).