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Is it time for Larry Bird to take over the Pacers?

Updated: December 7, 2006, 12:08 PM ET
By Jackie MacMullan | Special to ESPN.com

Larry Bird turns 50 years old Thursday, over 20 years since he and the Boston Celtics won their last championship. In retirement, Bird returned home and aligned himself with the Indiana Pacers, and when he signed on in July 2003 to join president and CEO Donnie Walsh in the front office, Bird figured he'd hang around "seven or eight years, tops."

Now he knows better.

"This job gets in your blood," Bird said. "I can't even describe it. When you get a call about something bad happening ...

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