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SBD/June 6, 2013/Franchises
Flying High: Kings Execs In Talks With HOFer Larry Bird To Run Basketball Operations
Published June 6, 2013
NEVER SAY NEVER: In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes if Ranadive was "going to take a flyer, wanted to heave a prayer from the deep corner, of course it would be" Bird. While sources close to Bird said that they would be "stunned if the Hall of Famer accepted a position with another small-market franchise almost 2,000 miles from his hometown of French Lick, Ind., these same people were shocked that he picked up the phone." If Bird wants to "return to the NBA ... he can waltz back into his old job with the Pacers, without having to hire a moving van, disrupt his family or abandon his favorite fishing hole." Voisin: "So why might Bird leave for an extended West Coast adventure? Because he craves challenges." Because Ranadive can "offer a lucrative package" and because Bird "probably isn't happy about the hit he took when Pacers owner Herb Simon trimmed salaries." Luring Bird to Sacramento would be the "latest in an ongoing series of stunning, remarkable developments involving Sacramento, the Kings and the new ownership group." Voisin: "I wouldn't count on it." But given all that has "transpired these past five months, never say never" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 6/6).