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Larry Bird Adds Executive of Year Award to MVP, Coaching Honors

NBA legend Larry Bird. Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
NBA legend Larry Bird. Photographer: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

May 16 (Bloomberg) -- Larry Bird was named the National Basketball Association’s Executive of the Year, the first person to win that honor as well as the Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year awards.

Bird, the president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, was chosen after his team went 42-24 during the lockout-shortened regular season.

Bird named Frank Vogel the Pacers’ coach, removing an interim tag, last July. He signed David West in December and traded for reserves Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa. The result was a second-place finish behind the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division. Indiana was 37-45 in 2010-11.

The 55-year-old Bird received 12 first-place votes in balloting of executives from the NBA’s 30 teams, topping runner-up R.C. Buford of the San Antonio Spurs, the league said in a news release.

The Pacers beat the Orlando Magic in five games in an opening-round playoff series. They’re tied 1-1 with the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals.

Bird, who was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, was named the league’s MVP from 1984 to 1986 with the Boston Celtics. He won top coaching honors with the Pacers in 1998.

Red Auerbach, Frank Layden and Pat Riley are the only other people to have been named both Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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