If the Sacramento Kings somehow landed Larry Bird as an executive, it would be a home run.
Check that, it would be a grand slam.
According to Peter Vecsey, Bird met with the Kings on Wednesday, seeking $5 million and partial ownership of the team.
If the two sides can strike a deal, the Kings would have one of the greatest players and executives of all-time in their front office.
Following his Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics, Bird landed the head coaching gig of the Indian Pacers in 1997. He promised that he would coach for only three years, and in those short three years, built up a contender.
The Pacers went from 39-43 the year before to 58-24 with Bird at the helm in 1997, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals and being named Coach of the Year. Bird led the Pacers to another conference final, then to the NBA Finals in his last season as head coach.
He would take on an executive role with the Pacers in 2003, and subsequently built up the contender that we saw in this year’s postseason that challenged the Miami Heat to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was given the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 2011-2012, then went out on top, leaving the Pacers after the season.
Bird is the only person in the history of the NBA to win an MVP Award and to be named both Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year during his career.
He is literally a living legend, and I don’t care how much it takes, Vivek Ranadive and Co. need to be doing everything in their power to bring him aboard to the Sacramento Kings.