One day you're pulling up to the NBA offices in a customized Pacers Indy Car, and the next you're stepping down from your role as president of the team, something's not right here. Larry Bird, wasn't fired, he stepped down, for reasons still unknown. I'm sure we will discover more in the following days as more information is let out, until then we can only guess. Which is exactly what we will do because I got a couple theories of what is going on in Indiana.
First one, Larry Bird is thinking of going elsewhere, obviously, everyone will say Boston. My only problem with that is I think Boston is happy with what Danny Ainge has done and isn't willing to fire him just to bring in Larry Bird, who has proven nothing as an executive. If he's not going to Boston, he's not going anywhere else. Born and breed in Indiana, Larry Bird wouldn't just leave for just any other gig, it'd have to be somewhere special like Boston. So that puts a pin in that one, if he's not going to Boston, he's not leaving for a new job.
Second theory, maybe Paul George already told the front office he was leaving after the season, so Bird just said you know what, I'm done, and is calling it quits for good. I doubt he wants to start over all again, he's got his money and his legacy, why damage it by destroying the Indiana Pacers as an executive. He had a decent run at it, nothing incredible, but nothing awful. Just end it before it gets worse because he already gave it his best shot. He's getting pretty old, maybe it was just finally the right time to say goodbye to the sport of basketball for good. Might be hard to accept, although that could be the reality of the situation.
Last one, it's a bit of stretch, so don't kill me for it. Paul George goes to ownership says only way I stay is if Larry Bird is gone. How do the Pacers look if they fire an Indiana legend though, especially after another year in the playoffs. Ownership pays Larry Bird off to just say he steps down so the fans don't kill them for firing him and Paul George gets his way. Win for everyone involved and no ones feelings get hurt, except Larry Bird, but he can cry while laying with millions of dollars.
That's all I got. Who knows, maybe there's a different set of circumstances, and then I'll be totally off. I'm pretty confident however that one of the scenarios above will hold true. Either way Larry Legend will no longer be calling the shot for the Indiana Pacers.