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Thursday, 27 June 2013 21:28

Larry Bird returning to Indiana Pacers

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Exactly one year after stepping down Larry Bird is returning to the Indiana Pacers front office, the team announced Thursday.

Bird is stepping back into his former role as team president and general manager Kevin Pritchard will remain at his post while Donnie Walsh, who had filled in as president following Bird's departure last year, will move to a consultant role.

According to the team's statement, Bird had stated at the time of his departure that he planned to return after a year off to address medical issues, but it was not a certainty until Wednesday morning, when he and owner Herb Simon finalized a multi-year contract.

In 2012, Bird won NBA Executive of the Year Honors, becoming the first person in NBA history to win the MVP, Coach of the Year, an Executive of The Year.

He is largely responsible for assembling the team that reached the Eastern Conference finals this past season, having drafted Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson, traded for George Hill and signed David West as a free agent.