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June 26, 2012 Updates

The Indiana Pacers have announced that David Morway has resigned as general manager. “For the past year I have carefully and thoughtfully considered my personal, family and professional goals,” Morway said in a statement released by the team. “After discussing all of these issues with our owner Herb Simon and (president) Larry (Bird), I believe this is the right time to step away. “I want to thank Mr. Simon, Larry, (former team president) Donnie Walsh and (president) Jim Morris for the opportunity they gave me and the friendship and mentorship they provided.” Indianapolis Star

June 25, 2012 Updates

Walsh, 71, has a close relationship with Pacers owner Herb Simon and has been attending the team's pre-draft workouts in recent weeks. He was ousted near the end of his third season in New York after Dolan refused to give him full autonomy and offered him a substantial paycut. Although he was a consultant for the Knicks this past season, he had no input with the team from his Indianapolis home. New York Daily News

June 23, 2012 Updates

There’s a possibility that former CEO Donnie Walsh will return to the franchise in some capacity, multiple sources told The Star. It’s uncertain what role Walsh will play with the franchise. That question should be answered next week when team owner Herb Simon returns to Indianapolis for meetings to help clear up the team’s murky front office situation. Indianapolis Star

June 21, 2012 Updates

Pacers owner Herb Simon and president Larry Bird are expected to meet next week. That’s not a typo and it’s not the same blog from last week. It could easily be mistaken for last week’s blog on the subject. But it’s not. They had originally wanted to meet last week. Then it was this week. Now it’ll be next week when Simon returns to Indy. Sulia

June 20, 2012 Updates

Mike Wells: The wait for the Bird-Simon meeting has been extended another week. The two won't meet until next week when Simon returns to Indy. Twitter

June 13, 2012 Updates
June 8, 2012 Updates

Pritchard has become a favorite of Bird’s since his hiring as the Pacers' director of player personnel a year ago. Pritchard’s promotion will spell the end of David Morway’s successful tenure as GM, sources said. Despite joining the organization as a subordinate to Morway, Pritchard rapidly usurped power and influence since his hiring a year ago, league sources said. Pacers owner Herb Simon and Morway were wary of bringing Pritchard into the organization, sources said, but Bird trusts Pritchard’s counsel and has pushed for this change. Yahoo! Sports

May 30, 2012 Updates

Former New York and Indiana general manager Donnie Walsh was expected to be a leading candidate for the job, but a source close to the Indiana resident said he was waiting for the Pacers situation to unfold before possibly heading elsewhere. Front office sources had said for quite some time that Indiana president Larry Bird was expected to leave the team after this season, and those sources said he even told people close to him to prepare for his departure. But he told local reporters Wednesday that he wanted to meet with owner Herb Simon before making a final decision. SI.com

Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird sounds like he wants to run the team for a few more years. He's just waiting to work something out with team owner Herb Simon. Amid several earlier reports that Bird would yield control of the Pacers' day-to-day operations when this season ended, all of which Bird denied, he told reporters Wednesday that he loves his job, likes his team and would prefer coming back if Simon wants him. MSNBC.com

May 26, 2012 Updates
April 27, 2012 Updates

“Once again, no decision has been made,” Bird said by phone Thursday evening. “I’ll sit down with my owner at the end of the season and we’ll talk about things.” Bird, who has a year-to-year handshake agreement with Simon, made a similar comment last month after a story in the New York Post came out. He also said something along those lines to The Star’s Bob Kravitz last week. “Honestly, it’s not even a debate around my house,” Bird told Kravitz. “I’ll sit down with Herbie (team owner Herb Simon) when it’s all done and we’ll move from there. Herbie will ask me about it every once in a while, but I don’t want to be a distraction. Right now, it’s the furthest thing from my mind.” Indianapolis Star

April 18, 2012 Updates
December 29, 2011 Updates

A nanny and chauffeur who lost their suit against Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon and his wife have lost even more. A Los Angeles judge ordered them Wednesday to pay $122,000 in attorney’s fees to the Simons. The judge ruled in September that the employment suit was groundless, holding that the billionaire and his former beauty queen wife, Bui, were extremely generous with nanny Claudia Leite (lye-TAY’) and chauffeur Robert Young. Indianapolis Star

October 26, 2011 Updates

The authors of the letter were Paul Allen of Portland, Herb Simon on Indiana, Bob Johnson of Charlotte, George Shinn of New Orleans, Larry Miller of Utah, Michael Heisley of Memphis, Glen Taylor of Minnesota and Herb Kohl of Milwaukee. Johnson and Shinn have since sold their teams and Miller has passed away, giving way to his son, Greg. But the situations in those markets haven’t changed. In essence, that letter is the root of the current lockout. And, it is turning out, perhaps a core reason the owners can’t make a deal with the players after more than two years of negotiations. ESPN.com

October 19, 2011 Updates

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