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September 7, 2013 Updates

Arlena can still recall the elation in his voice the day he called to tell her the Indiana Pacers, a new team in a new league, had made him the franchise's first player. "From there," she says, "it was just history." He averaged 17.6 points a game over an eight-year career and led the Pacers to three titles, winning playoff MVP honors in 1970. His name was later cleared in the gambling scandal, but he refused entry into the NBA near the end of his career. He retired in 1975 among the best in ABA history. "The Pacers were the class of the league, and Roger was the class of the class," Julius Erving said in Green's documentary. "He would have been known as one of the greatest players of all-time, but he never got that chance," longtime NBA executive Donnie Walsh added. "The greatest Pacer ever," Reggie Miller said. USA Today Sports

July 8, 2013 Updates

Larry Bird: “I feel better. I had some injuries and mentally I felt better. It was nine-straight years. Donnie felt like he wanted to come back and I didn’t know if I was going to come back this year. They continued to call, leave messages, I spoke to the owner and Donnie [Walsh] numerous times and if you’re going to do it better do it now because it’s not going to get any easier down the road. HoopsWorld

June 26, 2013 Updates

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday that Larry Bird will return to the team as President of Basketball Operations. Bird agreed to a multi-year deal and per team policy, no terms will be released. Donnie Walsh, who held that position the last year, will be a consultant to the franchise and Kevin Pritchard remains as the Pacers’ General Manager. NBA.com

“The year off gave me a chance to reflect, to rest, to take care of some health issues and it re-charged me,” said Bird. “Donnie and Kevin did a great job and I will lean on both heavily as we move forward toward the goal of competing for a championship.” NBA.com

June 25, 2013 Updates
June 14, 2013 Updates

The Nets head coaching search eventually filtered down to two candidates, Jason Kidd and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, said general manager Billy King. In actuality at the end, there was only one, Kidd, even while Shaw went through a lengthy interview on Wednesday. “I’m disappointed because I did not speak to Billy directly but I did give him permission to talk to him and wrote him a note letting him know what I thought [about Shaw],” said Pacers president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh Thursday. “He’s going to be a great head coach. Great head coach.” New York Post

June 13, 2013 Updates

The mission for the Pacers’ front office this summer will be identical to what it was a year ago: Bring the core players back. Last summer, the team paid a combined $98 million to keep a pair of starters, Roy Hibbert and George Hill, in Indiana uniforms. This year’s key free agent is veteran power forward David West. Team president Donnie Walsh and general manager Kevin Pritchard made that clear this morning in a news conference. “We want him back as much as you can want anyone back,” Walsh said. “We think he’s one of the anchors of the team.” Indianapolis Star

June 6, 2013 Updates

Vogel said he is expecting to have to fill a spot on his coaching staff. Brian Shaw, the Pacers’ associate head coach the past two seasons, has been targeted by a number of NBA teams with head coaching vacancies. Pacers president Donnie Walsh has already given permission to the Clippers and Nets to speak with Shaw. “I do have the anticipation that we will have to replace him,” Vogel said of Shaw. “If we don’t, there’s some poor decisions being made by some teams out there. He’s going to be one of the great coaches this league’s seen.” Indianapolis Star

June 5, 2013 Updates

Pacers officials say that King has done an inordinate amount of research on Shaw over the past several weeks. Pacers president Donnie Walsh worked with King years ago with Indiana and has kept a close relationship with him. Yahoo! Sports

May 27, 2013 Updates
May 17, 2013 Updates

Hall of Famer Reggie Miller said this week that he has thought about working in the Pacers’ front office someday. President Donnie Walsh said he and the former Pacers great have never had a serious discussion about Miller joining the team. What would Walsh say if Miller asked his advice? “You’re not going to make as much money as you did as a player,” Walsh said laughing. “But you’ll make a good living and you have to really think everything out. This isn’t like where you have your first thought and then you go do it. You have to look at all the ramifications of everything you do ’cause it impacts the team, not just one person.” Indianapolis Star

May 15, 2013 Updates
May 13, 2013 Updates

Jackson's long relationship with Brian Shaw, the Indiana Pacers assistant regarded as a top head-coaching candidate, also could factor into the search. Pacers president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh has said he would prefer his assistants not interview for other jobs during the postseason, but if Jackson happens to mention to Shaw that he thinks Detroit might be a good fit, and Dumars happens to agree, then the unconventional association between Jackson and the Pistons could pay substantive dividends. Booth Newspapers

May 7, 2013 Updates

Donnie Walsh said he is unsure he will return as Pacers president next season and thinks here’s still a chance Larry Bird will unretire and retake the helm. Walsh, the 72-year-old former Knicks president, told The Post Sunday he recently asked Bird if he wants to come back and he’d be willing to step aside. Walsh still hasn’t heard an answer from Bird. New York Post

May 6, 2013 Updates

The names tossed around in Sunday’s media session included Jackson and Sloan, while a source shot down a report that Jeff Van Gundy is a top target — indicating there’s a “98% chance” the Nets don’t even meet with the TV analyst and former Knicks coach. Meanwhile, highly respected Pacers assistant Brian Shaw will be allowed to speak with the Nets after Indiana’s season concludes, team president Donnie Walsh told the Daily News. New York Daily News

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