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Larry Bird can add another award to his already brilliant NBA career.
Bird, who is the President of Basketball Operations for the Indiana Pacers, was recently named the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year winner. He finished with 88 points and 12 first-place votes, beating out San Antonio’s R.C. Buford (56 points) and the Clippers’ Neil Olshey (55 points).
The award puts Bird in a company all by himself. He’s the first person to ever win a NBA-MVP award, Coach of the Year honors (in 1997-98) and Executive of the Year.
His Pacers were arguably the League’s biggest surprise, racing out to a 42-24 mark in the Eastern Conference while ending up with the conference’s third best record behind Chicago and Miami. Their young nucleus of talent has this team poised to stick around the Eastern Conference’s elite for the future. And with their current semifinals matchup against the Heat tied at 1-1, there’s a legitimate chance the Pacers could be making a run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and presumably a NBA Finals appearance, which would be their second in team history.