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Flashback: Bird in Indiana, the early days

6/27/2012
Larry Bird became a big name in Boston, but the now-former Pacers president did well by Indiana. Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

Larry Bird is done in Indiana, resigning his post as president of the Pacers on Wednesday to take time off for health issues.

Is this it for Bird in his home state, in terms of turning a local team into a winner? It might just be, after he helped guide the NBA franchise back to relevance in the front office not long after a successful stint as head coach.

Bird's first national accomplishment in the Hoosier State came with the Indiana State Sycamores, when the uniquely talented forward guided them to the 1979 NCAA championship game.

So let's take a look back, with these old-school photos from The Hick from French Lick's time in Terre Haute (and beyond).