There will be no Bird-McHale reunion in Indiana.
Celtics legend Larry Bird will not be hiring his former teammate Kevin McHale to coach the Indiana Pacers, according to the Associated Press.
“I would not do that to Kevin, have him work for me,” said Bird, who is the Pacers’ president of basketball operations. “I respect him too much. I would love for him to be the coach but it ain’t going to happen because I respect him too much.”
Bird needs a new head coach after he decided not to re-sign Frank Vogel after the Toronto Raptors eliminated the Pacers from the playoffs in Game 7 of their series on Sunday night.
Vogel achieved a measure of success with Indiana, where he compiled a 250-181 regular season record and a 31-30 playoff record, according to ESPN.
Most recently, McHale was head coach of the Houston Rockets. He made the Western Conference finals last spring, but was given the axe after a 4-7 start to the season last November.
McHale and Bird, along with Robert Parish, formed one of the greatest frontcourts ever during their careers with the Celtics.
The trio led Boston to three titles in the 1980s.