Originally posted on Pacers Pulse  |  Last updated 5/17/12
Well well well. How things have changed. It wasn't that long ago that people were calling for Larry Bird to be sacked as Pacers president of operations. And now, he has just become the first person on the planet to be named MVP, Coach of the Year and NBA Executive of the Year.The Executive of the Year is a weird award because it's rewarding someone for work they may have done over a number of years, as Bird has done with this Pacers squad.Highlights attributable to Bird are said to include (in order of importance, in my humble opinion): Signing David West without breaking the bank (2 years at $20 million) -- West has become, as coach Vogel says, the "backbone" and "leader" of the team. He is, without a doubt, one of the best team signings in years. Drafting Roy Hibbert -- who has gone from "big stiff" to All-Star. Sure, he still has a lot to learn, but Hibbert is a rare commodity in the NBA that most franchises would love to have on their team. Drafting Paul George -- a future two-way
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