Originally Posted by AngelEyes
Bird was also fortunate to inherit a team with a good foundation when he took the helm as president of basketball operations in 2003. Jordan inherited two horrible franchises, one an expansion franchise. He hasn't done a good job drafting but he never had anything to work with initially. Bird did do a good job over the duration of his run, it wasn't flawless but he did a good job.
Bird was part of the Pacers organization since 1997-ish. He was their head coach in the 90's before becoming their Executive of Basketball Operations.