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Larry Bird calling it quits as president of Pacers, report says

Larry Bird is stepping down from his role as the Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, The Vertical reports.

Kevin Pritchard, currently the team’s GM and executive vice president of basketball operations, is expected to take over duties previously held by Bird.

While Bird is expected to continue working with the Pacers as a consultant, other NBA franchises may come knocking on his door. Per The Vertical, the search firm helping the Magic fill their top basketball executive role is making inquiries into Bird’s availability. While Cavaliers GM David Griffin remains the Magic’s first choice, Orlando has yet to ask Cleveland to interview him since the Cavs are still in the playoffs. Orlando fired GM Rob Hennigan earlier this month.

Chyna Thomas was killed in a one-car crash near Tacoma on April 15. Her older brother previously flew cross-country after Game 2 to spend two days with his family, and the Celtics have told him repeatedly to take as much time as he needs at home.

But Thomas feels he has a responsibility to his team, as well, so he’ll continue doing everything he can to be present on both fronts.

The support has been amazing, Thomas’ friend Alonzo Weatherby Cheap Dolphins Jerseys told the Globe. It’s meant the world for Brad (Stevens) to tell Isaiah he has as much time as he wants. Basically, don’t come back until you’re ready to. This is family before anything, and that means the world.

Despite the personal turmoil, Thomas is averaging 25.2 points, 5.6 Cheap Dream Team Jerseys assists and 4.2 rebounds through the first five games of the series.