Even with a healthy Chris Bosh in the lineup, the Heat were going to have their hands full with the Indiana Pacers. They’re not going to grab headlines, but the Pacers are a very good team. They have Larry Bird to thank for that…
Not only was he named the NBA’s executive of the year Wednesday, he becomes the first to win that award as well as having been named coach of the year (in 1998, with the Pacers) and MVP (1984-86 with the Boston Celtics) as a player.
Bird’s first winning play as president this season was to remove the interim tag and name Frank Vogel as head coach. Vogel led the Pacers to the third seed in the Eastern Conference, a first-round playoff victory against the Orlando Magic and a 1-1 standing in the second round against the heavily favored Miami Heat.
Source: USA Today