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Larry Bird named executive of year

Updated: May 17, 2012, 8:07 AM ET
Associated Press

Everything always seemed to come so easily for Larry Bird on a basketball court.

The way the ball appeared almost destined to swish through the net every time he finished his lightning-quick release with a flick of his right wrist. The way he could suck a defender in while running the break, only to zip a no-look pass to a cutting Boston Celtics teammate for an easy bucket.

The way Bird related to his Indiana Pacers players as a coach, pushing the right buttons and drawing up ...

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