Larry Bird coming back to Pacers after year away

Bird will be President of Basketball Operations

INDIANAPOLIS - Larry Bird will return to the Pacers next week after a year away, the team announced Wednesday.

Bird will rejoin the team as President of Basketball Operations, the same position he held from 2003 to June 2012. Pacers officials are expected to reintroduce Bird Thursday.   

"The year off gave me a chance to reflect, to rest, to take care of some health issues and it re-charged me," Bird said in a news release.

Bird signed a multi-year deal with the Pacers, but the terms of the contract will not be disclosed.

Donnie Walsh, who held the position during the year Bird was gone, will be a consultant to the franchise. Kevin Pritchard will remain the Pacers' General Manager.

"I met with Larry when he wanted to leave last year and I said I would do this until he was ready to come back," Walsh said, in a news release.

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