Jan 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers from left to right general manager Donnie Walsh, owner Herb Simon, and president Larry Bird watch the Pacer play against the New York Knicks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Could Larry Bird coach the Indiana Pacers?

The Indiana Pacers are a mess.

Once thought to be arguably the best team in the NBA, the Pacers have lost seven of their last nine games, including their more recent defeat, an embarrassing 107-88 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday evening.

The Pacers are now just 53-25 and trail the Miami Heat by one game (two in the loss column) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, a position that it looked like they had a stranglehold on just a few weeks ago.

With the Pacers coming just a game away from defeating the Miami Heat and advancing to the NBA Finals last year, expectations are extremely high.

That has led many to wonder if the Pacers could replace head coach Frank Vogel with their current President, Larry Bird.

According Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star, who spoke with Adam Lefkoe (via Hoops Rumors), there is a slight chance a change could be made.

Bird coached the Pacers from 1997-2000. He went 147-67, including a 52-32 playoff record. He lost in the Eastern Conference Finals twice and lost the 2000 NBA Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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