It's the end of an era in Indianapolis.
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The Hick from French Lick is calling it quits.
Friday, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Hall-of-Famer Larry Bird is leaving his post as the Pacers President of Basketball Operations after 13 years. Bird, a native of the Hoosier state, played his college ball at Indiana State before a 13-year career in the NBA as a member of the Boston Celtics, during which he earned the nickname "Larry Legend."
Larry Bird is stepping down as Pacers president, league sources tell @TheVertical. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2017
Following his retirement in 1992, Bird, a 12-time all-star and three-time MVP and champion, joined the Celtics as a special assistant in the front office, position he held for five years. He was tapped as the Pacers' head coach prior to the start of the 1997-98 season and was named the league's Coach of the Year after leading Indiana to a 58-24 mark and the first of three-straight appearances in the Eastern Conference Finals. To this day, he's the only person to be named league MVP and Coach of the Year.
Bird left the sidelines after the Pacers' 1999-00 campaign, which ended in a 4-2 series loss in the Finals to Phil Jackson's Lakers. In 2003, Bird came back to the Pacers as President of Basketball Operations, earning NBA Executive of the Year honors for the 2011-12 season. In June of 2012, Bird vacated his role, citing health reasons only to return recommitted and healthier a year later.
According to Wojnarowski, Bird plans to remain with the Pacers as a consultant.