By Official release
Posted May 16 2012 1:35PM - Updated May 17 2012 7:42PM
NEW YORK -- Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird is the recipient of the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year award, the NBA announced Wednesday.
As President of Basketball Operations, Bird oversaw a Pacers team that went 42-24 (.636), earning the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and finishing with the league's fifth-best record.
Bird set the tone for the 2011-12 season by naming Frank Vogel, who had served in an interim capacity for 46 games during the 2010-11 season, head coach on July 6, 2011. He added to an already strong nucleus by signing David West in December, and beefed up the Pacers' bench by trading for Lou Amundson and Leandro Barbosa. Indiana's draft picks under Bird's watch have included three key contributors on this year's team: Paul George (2010), Tyler Hansbrough (2009), and Roy Hibbert (2008).
A three-time MVP as a player (1984, 85, 86) with the Boston Celtics, the Indiana basketball legend won NBA Coach of the Year honors in 1997-98, his first season on the sidelines, after guiding the Pacers to a 58-24 mark. In three seasons as head coach, Bird led Indiana to a 147-67 record and its only Finals appearance in 2000. Bird is the only person to win all three awards -- MVP, Coach and Executive of the Year. Red Auerbach, Frank Layden and Pat Riley are the only people to earn both Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year honors.
Bird totaled 88 points and received 12 first-place votes from a panel of his fellow team executives throughout the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs' R.C. Buford finished second with 56 points (eight first-place votes) votes and the Los Angeles Clippers' Neil Olshey finished third with 55 points (six first-place votes). Executives were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Below are the results of the voting for the 2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.
|2011-12 NBA Executive of the Year Results|
Following is the all-time list of winners:
|All-Time NBA Executive of the Year Winners|
|Turner Wins It In OT|
Evan Turner rolls to the bucket and gets the friendly bounce on the rim to win it in overtime against the Nets.
|Kyrie's Big Block|
Kyrie Irving with a big-time block during the fourth quarter.
|Just Great Basketball |
Dwyane Wade saves the steal and the Heat use great ball movement to reward Wade on other end for the layup plus the foul.
|Rockets vs. Pacers: First half|
Paul George has 12 points at halftime and the Pacers lead the Rockets 56-45 at the break.
|Drummond's Block Party|
Andre Drummond blocks Kemba Walker's shot off the backboard.