(NEW YORK) — Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year on Wednesday. Bird becomes the first person in league history to win an MVP award, a Coach of the Year award and an Executive of the Year award.
“This is an honor for the Indiana Pacers, not an award for Larry Bird,” Bird said in a statement. “Everyone in this franchise put in a lot of work and showed a lot of patience as we have tried to get this team to a level on and off the court the fans in Indiana can be proud of. You always believe, and hope the players you get will fit into a plan and I’m very proud of what our guys and our coaches have accomplished so far this year.”
The Pacers finished with the NBA’s fifth-best record this season at 42-24. They are currently tied at 1-1 with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
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