Tuesday , Mar , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Larry Bird on Future with Indiana Pacers: I Don’t Know

"I don’t know," Bird said when asked if he believed he and CEO Donnie Walsh would be here next season. "We’ll just wait and see.

"Donnie’s been a great man to work for and I love everything about him. He paid his dues, came up from the bottom, assistant coach, was on the bench, got in the front office and had a fine career. He’s just as sick over (the team’s performance) as I am."

The Pacers, who beat New York 110-98 Monday, are 26-41.

Speculation about Bird’s and Walsh’s future with the Pacers started March 7 when Simon said he plans to meet with team officials about restructuring the franchise.

There’s a strong belief that either Bird or Walsh will return — but not both. [Indy Star]