The Pacers pulled out all the stops, including a street-legal Indy Car with an extra, extra long driver tub, to deliver their bid to host the 2021 NBA All-Star team in Indianapolis.
Larry Bird used up ever bit of space inside the custom Indy Car for a ceremonial delivery of the bid to Adam Silver at the NBA offices in New York.
Larry Bird takes a spin down 5th Avenue. pic.twitter.com/rEeaBTiwpN— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 24, 2017
Bird’s high-profile role in the bid delivery is not the move of a team president considering an exit plan. After a rough season and rough waters on the horizon dealing with Paul George’s status, the idea that Bird would turn the team over to Kevin Pritchard or someone else as opposed to dealing with rebuilding the roster, seems like a reasonable offseason development.
But it is hard to imagine Bird taking part in the Pacers’ theatrical presentation on Monday if he was considering tapping out. Even harder to believe he would express the enjoyment with the process he showed while rolling up in the Indy Car.
That feeling when you're riding down 5th Avenue in a Pacers-themed IndyCar... pic.twitter.com/bL6Cz3NQAM— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) April 24, 2017
But while Larry was a willing participant in the show on Monday, which will no doubt land the 2021 ASG in Indy, he appears to have had limits to his involvement. I really wish someone had video of the conversation which ended with Bird saying, “Yeah, I’m not wearing that jacket. But, knock yourself out, Rick.”