Posted June 05, 2013

Report: Larry Bird wants $5M, partial ownership to become Kings president

NBA

Larry Bird has been considered a favorite of new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Larry Bird has been considered a favorite candidate of new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Larry Bird has been linked as a candidate for the Sacramento Kings’ president position. Bird is meeting with the Kings’ new owner Vivek Ranadive today and will ask for $5 million in salary and possibly partial ownership of the team, according to Peter Vecsey.

Bird has been considered a favorite of Ranadive, who is also believed to be considering Mike Dunleavy, Chris Mullin, Chris Wallace and Travis Schlenk.

After coaching the Pacers from 1997-200, Bird filled the role of president of the Pacers’ basketball operations from 2003 to 2012. He was named 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year.

https://twitter.com/PeterVecsey1/status/342326686622289920


16 comments
6marK6
6marK6

Not worth it and won't move to California even if he gets the job.

Roosevelt Rider
Roosevelt Rider

Key words in this story according to Peter Vecsey. When is this guy ever right,how did he ever make the hall of fame???

MattCH
MattCH

If I were him I would also request that the team gets moved to somewhere a bit more fun than Sacramento 

MarkTele
MarkTele like.author.displayName 1 Like

@MattCH... like Seattle, Viginia Beach or Anaheim?  Right. Hey, Sac is a great place unless you're into BIG city life and being that Larry is the hick from French Lick, he would most likely fit right in. Just ask the other hick from French Lick (Jerry Reynolds). Don't knock it unless you've tried it.

RyanGman
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Right like Indiana is the center of fun. See what you're doing right there, water skiing? In Sacramento we can snow ski, water ski, and enjoy the best woman and weed this planet has to offer in one day with just an hour on the road.

Barry Bonillo
Barry Bonillo like.author.displayName 1 Like

Enjoy the worst traffic in the nation, worst smog, worst crime, highest taxes, sanctuary cities for illegals like SF, the nazi gun control of CA, the highest foreclosure rate and all of the other wonderful things CA has to offer. Used to be a great state. Too bad that was 20 years ago. I lived there for 41 years, so I am well versed. Now I live in San Antonio. Great economy, job market, housing market, etc. a ton to do like the Riverwalk, Seaworld, Six Flags, Alamo, etc. in the city, not on the way to someplace else like Sac. 1000 people a day are moving to Texas. The fastest growing city in the nation (Austin) is here, as well as the second (Houston), third (Dallas) and ninth (San Antonio). Coincidence? Doubt it. Imagine they like the 70 degree daily temps all winter, no state taxes, and the rest of what there is here. Enjoy your Stalinesque life. By the way, how do you hunt in CA with no guns? You do not actually think the hnting and fishing is better in CA than it is here do you? Wow. Enjoy the brown outs that are sure to be coming due to the lovely grid you have there. LMFAO.

Barry Bonillo
Barry Bonillo

Way to refute anything I said. Why didn't your? Because everything I said is a fact. They are irrefutable statements that can be researched and backed up. As I said before genius, the three fastest growing cities in the country are in Texas, as well as.the 9th. I guess that is a mistake or coincidence. Many of them are from CA. Leaving the liberal bastion of high taxes and massive government that has bankrupted many cities and close to doing the same to the state. Enjoy your raining, foggy and 40 degree winters. I will enjoy wearing shorts and flip flops all year, paying zero state taxes, owning a gun with no one breathing down my neck, and living in a city with more to do than Sacramento ever thought of having.

JorrelVerella
JorrelVerella

I'm so glad you left California. People like you belong in that flat humid POS that is San Antonio. Good riddance. Ill take living in by far the best state in the Union. Sacramento is actually a very nice city with tons of trees two rivers am up and coming downtown. Larry would love it in Sac. He's proven it in Indy. He will do it in Sac!

6marK6
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@Barry Bonillo I live in Texas and I visit California as often as possible. The "booming" Texas economy revolves around the creation of service industry jobs. As for San Antonio, you were hoping no Texans were reading your post. SA is nothing more than a bunch of strip malls and crowded highways. 

Barry Bonillo
Barry Bonillo like.author.displayName 1 Like

I lived in Sacramento for 20 years. Extremely boring. I actually lived in a suburb called Roseville. Nice place to live. Sac sucks though. It is the worlds largest bus stop. It's claim to fame is it is close to things. Close to Tahoe and Napa and SF etc. There is zero there, unless you count gangs, crooked politicians, burning rice fields, horrible traffic or high taxes.

Kevin59
Kevin59 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Barry BonilloYou're right, it sucks to be close to some of the best hunting, fishing, skiing, boarding, boating, hiking, camping, climbing, offroading, wine county, restaurants and sports venues in the country...oh wait, it doesn't suck.  You suck and we're glad you left.

nAtr0nBomB
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Worth EVERY penny.  He built the Pacers from joke to young and loaded.

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@nAtr0nBomB What an overstatement!

Pacers haven't been a joke since the mid 80s before Person, Smits, and  Miller arrived.  Yeah they were  an also-ran after Reggie retired until a few years ago. While Bird did nail a few draft picks, to call them a joke in recent years is a stretch.  Their worst mark since 1990 has been 32-50.  Not many teams can say that.

riley8
riley8 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@nAtr0nBomB Larry Bird demands respect before he says anything to these players.  That is a rarity with this thug generation.

JohnBunch
JohnBunch

@nAtr0nBomB He really is. The season the Pacers made the first round of the playoffs and lost to the Bulls, people in Indiana were KILLING him on talk radio, forums and letters to the editor towards the end of the season. Just pure hatred...now he's considered a basketball genius here in Indiana...again. I was hoping he'd come back to my Pacers but the work here is largely done and seems like a guy that likes challenges. Plus he loves players with attitudes...he might get through to Cousins.