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Pro Sports

HOFer Larry Bird returns as President of Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Larry Bird, who left his job with the Pacers last season after winning the league’s executive of the year award, will be reintroduced to the media Thursday morning as the team’s president of basketball operations.

It’s the same job the Hall of Famer held from 2003-12.

Bird has a long track record of success in the NBA. As a player with Boston, he won three championships, three MVP awards and was twice the MVP of the NBA Finals.

In 1997, he returned to the bench as coach of the Pacers — his home state team. He was the 1998 NBA coach of the year and two years later led the Pacers to their only finals appearance.

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