By Josh Kramer
Some people can just do it all. Larry Bird is one of those people. Yesterday, Bird added to his already amazingly long list of basketball achievements in taking home the NBA’s Executive of the Year Award. Bird not only excelled as a player, but he saw great success as a coach, and now is thriving as Indiana’s President of Basketball Operations. Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Bird would trade the latter two awards for the 1979 NCAA Basketball Championship though. But I digress.
What Bird has accomplished is absolutely mind-boggling. Just ask Michael Jordan how difficult it is to transition from a player to an executive. Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats set an NBA record for the lowest winning percentage of all time this season. Sure plenty of former players have turned into great coaches. Phil Jackson, the “Zen Master,” is one of those guys. But was Jackson half the player that Bird was? Continue reading