This morning, TNT analyst Kenny Smith became the latest big name to be linked to the Kings' search for a new team president and/or general manager. However, we can now take at least one of those big names out of the mix. Larry Bird has told Kings officials that he's no longer interested in a position in the team's front office, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.
Bird had spoken to new owner Vivek Ranadive about a job with the team, likely as team president, with the authority to choose a GM. However, with Bird no longer in play, the team figures to turn its focus to a still-lengthy list of candidates that also includes Smith, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Mullin, David Morway, Chris Wallace, and others.
While Bird isn't interested in joining the Kings, it's unclear whether he has any interest in returning to his old job with the Pacers. Current Pacers president Donnie Walsh said last month that he believed there was still a chance Bird would unretire and return to Indiana's front office.