Isaiah Thomas has helped will the Celtics back from a 2-0 deficit in their playoff series against the Bulls, but family remains his top priority.
Thomas will attend the funeral for his sister Chyna on Saturday in Tacoma, flying to Washington after Game 6 in Chicago Friday night. Should the Celtics lose Friday, forcing a Game 7, Thomas plans to be back in Boston for what would be a 1 p.m. ET tipoff on Sunday, the Boston Globe reports.
Bird’s tenure as Pacers president began in 2003. He was named NBA executive of the year in 2012.
Prior to becoming president, Bird coached Indiana for three seasons, from 1997-98 through 1999-2000.
The Indiana native and former Boston Celtic is only person in NBA history to have won MVP, coach of the year and executive of the year.
With Paul George’s pending free agency, this summer is a big one for the future of the Pacers, but one in which Bird will not play a prominent role.
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