Larry Bird is stepping down from his position as Indiana Pacers’ president of basketball operations, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. His position will be taken over by Kevin Pritchard. Bird is expected to continue working with Pritchard and the Pacers as a consultant, according to Woj.
The move comes after Indiana was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first-round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was the first time the Pacers were swept in their franchise’s storied history.
The Cavaliers’ spread lineup has proven much more fruitful than its normal unit with two other All-Stars. It yanks the thought of helping from opposing teams and forces them to guard either LeBron or the three-point line. It’s a perpetual nightmare that Pacers head coach Nate McMillan is fighting through and losing against.
Amid Cleveland’s midseason defensive breakdown, Tyronn Lue said he had a secret plan to fix the Cavaliers. If the first round has been any indication, his plan is to spread the offense out and score more points.
And at least against Indiana, my guys, it’s working.
The Cavaliers are a game away from sweeping the Pacers at Banker’s Create Cheap Jerseys Life Fieldhouse. They’ll have the winner of the Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks series Custom Cheap Jerseys in the second round. And if Cleveland continues to spread its opponents out like this, the victor of that No. 3 vs. No. 6 showdown had better be ready to put a body on James and pick its poison.
Otherwise, it’ll be death by the spread with LeBron delivering the elimination blows.