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Shawn Marion and Pacers Meet

Dallas Mavericks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Shawn Marion met with the Indiana Pacers on Monday and had a face-to-face meeting with the team president, Larry Bird. The sit downs came after Bird urged the free-agent forward to play next year in Indianapolis after losing Paul George to a compound leg fracture.

Marion had been rumored to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers and play with Lebron James, which is still a possibility. The Cavaliers however are restricted to only pay the big man a league minimum salary of $1.4 million per season while the Pacers will be granted a $5.3 million disabled player exemption due to George's injury.

The All-Star forward has said he wants to play for a contender if he does wind up leaving the Dallas Mavericks, where he has spent the last five seasons. Last season, the 36-year-old averaged 10.4 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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Larry Bird Returns to the Pacers

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (INDIANAPOLIS) -- After a year away from the team, Larry Bird will return to the Indiana Pacers as its team president of basketball operations, the Pacers announced Wednesday.

Before leaving the team last year, Bird held the position of president of basketball operations from 2003-12, and won the league's executive of the year award during his final season.

“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 statement released by the team. “Donnie (Walsh) and Kevin (Pritchard) did a great job and I will lean on both heavily as we move forward toward the goal of competing for a championship.”

Walsh, who took over Bird's duties as the team president last season, will become a team consultant, and Pritchard will keep his position as team general manager.

Last season, the Pacers finished one game short of making the NBA Finals.

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Pacers and Larry Bird Part Ways

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images (INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indiana Pacers and Larry Bird parted ways on Wednesday.

Owner Herb Simon confirmed the news Wednesday morning.  Bird said on Wednesday that his recent health issues were one of the main reasons for his departure.

"I fully understand Larry's decision to step away and can't thank him enough for what he has done for the Pacers," Simon said. "I can't ask for a better transition at this time than to have Donnie back to work with Kevin in overseeing the basketball side."

Bird took over for Donnie Walsh after the 2007-2008 season and built the team into a competitive team during his tenure.  The Pacers fell in six games to the NBA champion Miami Heat this year.

"I'm going to take some time off and evaluate what I will do in the future," Bird said. "This has nothing to do with any conflict or anything else, it's just time."

Bird began his run in Indiana as the Pacers coach in 1997 and took the team to the NBA Finals in 2000, which they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Walsh will be taking over again as team president.

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Lin Leads Four Players in Bird rights

New York Knicks/NBA(NEW YORK) -- New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin along with teammate Steve Novak, the Portland Trail Blazers' J.J. Hickson, and the Los Angeles Clippers' Chauncey Billups secured Bird rights and early Bird rights in a hearing between the NBA players' association and the league on Friday.

The Bird rights enable their respective teams to go over salary caps in order to re-sign them.  The move first came into play with the Boston Celtics and their star Larry Bird.

"Bird and early Bird rights are the lynchpin of our Soft Cap system, and we're pleased that Professor Dam recognized that a player does not forfeit these important rights unless he makes an affirmative decision to sign with a new team as a free agent," NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement released by the players' union. "Players fought hard for a Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows maximum flexibility for free-agent players while also permitting teams to retain their core free agents, and today's decision affirms both of these important principles."

The NBA said they will appeal the ruling.

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Larry Bird Wins NBA Executive Of The Year Award

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Sport (NEW YORK) -- Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year on Wednesday.  Bird becomes the first person in league history to win an MVP award, a Coach of the Year award and an Executive of the Year award.

“This is an honor for the Indiana Pacers, not an award for Larry Bird,” Bird said in a statement. “Everyone in this franchise put in a lot of work and showed a lot of patience as we have tried to get this team to a level on and off the court the fans in Indiana can be proud of. You always believe, and hope the players you get will fit into a plan and I’m very proud of what our guys and our coaches have accomplished so far this year.”

The Pacers finished with the NBA’s fifth-best record this season at 42-24. They are currently tied at 1-1 with the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.

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LeBron James Takes Home Third MVP Title

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- An emotional LeBron James stepped up to the podium to receive his third Most Valuable Player trophy on Saturday.

James has now won the last three out of four MVP crowns and stepped into elite company becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.  He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone among the players who have as many MVP trophies.

"This is my ninth year in the NBA, less than ten years ago, I had dreams of being in the NBA, I had dreams of putting on an NBA uniform," said James.  "I never dreamed about being an NBA most valuable player."

James stressed the importance of his Heat team who joined him on stage during his speech.

"Even though my name is on this individual award, it's not just my award," said James.  "The reason I am up here today is because of those guys."

James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes.

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LeBron Responds to Bird 'Choosing' Kobe

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird knows a thing or two about his name coming up in talks about being one of the greatest of all-time.

Bird played in an era when people debated if he was better than Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson. "Larry Legend" was a 3-time NBA champion, 3-time MVP, and 12-time All-Star sat down with ESPN's Bill Simmons to be a part of another debate: who's better, Kobe Bryant or LeBron James?

"As far as playing basketball, you've got to enjoy this guy.  If you're a basketball fan you've got to sit back and go, 'Wow how did he do that?'" said Bird of James.  "Some of that stuff that this kid does out there, LeBron James is by far the best player in this league."

But if it came down to it in a clutch situation or finals game, Bird did not hesitate who he'd want to play with.

"Kobe. His desire to win, his dedication in the off-season to get better, he's just a tough cat," said Bird.  "If you want to have fun like I did with Bill Walton, you play with LeBron."

After hearing the interview, James was asked what he thought about one of the 50 greatest players of all-time saying he would rather play with Bryant.

"It's simple. Kobe has five rings and I have none. It's easy to say that, if I got five rings and Kobe has none, it would probably be the other way around."

James then added that he was an easy target for people to take jabs at -- until he wins a title.

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Paul Pierce Passes Bird for Second on Celtics' All-time Scoring List

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- Paul Pierce is etching his name into the Boston Celtics' history book. On Tuesday, he passed Larry Bird for second on the Celtics' all-time scoring list during the Celtics victory over the Charlotte Bobcats 94-84.

After the game,when Pierce was asked about how he felt passing Larry Bird he said, "That's incredible...In my mind one of the top five players that ever played the game. I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm anywhere near his accomplishments. Just to be mentioned with this organization is a great honor."

Pierce is now in his 14th NBA season, all played with the Celtics. He is currently 4,598 points away from tying John Havlicek as the Celtics all-time leading scorer.

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KG Comes Through for Celtics

Boston Celtics/NBA(BOSTON) -- The 35-year-old Kevin Garnett showed on Sunday that he's still got that rookie hustle.

He scored 24 points -- matching a season high -- and ran up and down the court with no problems. The Celtics then went on to cruise past the Grizzlies, 98-80 for their fourth straight win.

"Everyone's acting like I'm 50 and out here on one leg," said Garnett.

"He was feeling good. It's a still a kids' game. He was having fun," head coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett. "He was having a ball playing today and you don't want to tell him you have to come in because the lights are on, so we let him play in the dark a little bit."

Garnett's teammate Paul Pierce, moved within nine points of Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list with his 21 point effort.

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