Larry Bird

Bird out of picture for Kings' GM job

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2013 - 8:11 am

Hall of Fame forward Larry Bird, who discussed the Kings' general manager vacancy with new owner Vivek Ranadive and was said to be at least mildly intrigued, told team officials he is no longer interested.

Bird sat out the 2012-13 season and is considering a return to the Indiana Pacers – where he has an open invitation to resume his role as the team's top basketball executive – or to extend his sabbatical for personal and health reasons.

Bird, 56, was the highest-profile candidate on Ranadive's wish list. Ranadive is continuing to speak with a number of people about the team's most important front-office position. He has already interviewed Chris Wallace, Travis Schlenk, David Morway, Mike Dunleavy and Chris Mullin, among others.

Former Kings star Chris Webber, who for years has expressed a desire to rejoin his old team in a personnel capacity, also has met with Ranadive at least once, and his TNT cohort (and one-time King) Kenny Smith on Monday revealed he has spoken to the new owners about a personnel position.

In the absence of a general manager, new coach Michael Malone continues to supervise predraft workouts at the Kings' practice facility.

Call The Bee's Ailene Voisin (916) 321-1208 and follow her on Twitter @ailene_voisin.

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