Thursday, April 15, 2010
Bird: Owner hasn't indicated move
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird says he has received calls from people interested in buying and moving the team.
Bird adds, however, that despite questions about the franchise's stability he's never heard team owner Herb Simon say he would relocate the club.
The Pacers are losing money and team officials have been talking with the city about the $15 million a year it costs the club to operate Conseco Fieldhouse.
Bird also said Thursday that coach Jim O'Brien would return despite a third straight losing season. Bird says part of the rebuilding process includes retaining the coach.
The Pacers finished the season Wednesday with a 32-50 record, their worst since 1988-89. They missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.