December 19, 2012 |
It isn't often that the worlds of professional sports and classical music come together in harmonious union. But that is apparently what's happening at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, one of a several U.S. orchestras that has found itself in dire condition this year. The owners of the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers announced this week that they have agreed to pledge $750,000 each to the troubled orchestra. The pledges were made as part of the orchestra's fundraising campaign to raise $5 million before Feb. 3. "Just like our Colts, every team can achieve success with a rallying cry from its fans and that time is now for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra," Jim Irsay, owner of the National Football League team, said in a news release.
June 26, 2012 |
David Morway resigned Tuesday as general manager of the Indiana Pacers amid reports that Larry Bird is on the way out, too. Morway was hired by the Pacers in 1999 and had been GM since 2008. The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that Bird is expected to leave the Pacers, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation. The Pacers and owner Herb Simon declined to comment. The 55-year-old Bird was the Pacers coach from 1997-2000, taking the team to its only NBA Finals appearance that last year, before returning to the front office in 2003.
June 26, 2012 |
After being named the NBA Executive of the Year this season, Larry Bird will reportedly step down as president of the Indiana Pacers. Bird took over as president of the team in 2008 and helped transform it into a contender in the East. The Pacers made their deepest playoff run in seven years this season, reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat. Bird is “100% sure” he will not return as president of the team, according to the Indianapolis Star, which cited an anonymous source it said had direct knowledge of the situation.
October 6, 1989 |
Mark Wade will get another opportunity at making an NBA roster, a task which has proven too tall in the past for the 6-foot guard. The Indiana Pacers announced the signing of the former Banning High and El Camino College standout Thursday. He was due to report today for the opening of the Pacers training camp at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Wade, who will turn 24 on Oct. 15, led the Continental Basketball Assn.
January 5, 1989 |
Dick Versace, the Detroit Pistons assistant who arrived in town in time to watch the Indiana Pacers snap a nine-game losing streak, was named head coach of the Pacers today. He arrived Wednesday night, 30 minutes before the tip-off of the Pacers game with Atlanta. Indiana won 116-113. "I will not accept losing from this team or any team that I coach," Versace told a news conference this morning. "When I'm introduced to the players, that will be my opening statement and we'll go on from there."
August 9, 1986
Jack Ramsay, dismissed after last season by the Portland Trail Blazers, was hired as coach of the Indiana Pacers Friday. Ramsay, 61, has 785 National Basketball Assn. victories with three teams in 18 seasons, the most of any active coach. Red Auerbach, who won 938 games with the Boston Celtics before moving into the team's management, is the only coach with more. "Why he was let go at Portland is their mistake and our gain," Pacer General Manager Donnie Walsh said.