David Morway has resigned 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 comment.
Bird, 55, was Pacers coach from 1997-2000, returning to the front office in 2003. He took over from Donnie Walsh in 2008 as president of basketball operations and was this season’s NBA’s Executive of the Year after building a tough, young team that lost to eventual champion Miami.
The former Indiana State star won three MVP awards and three NBA titles during his Hall of Fame career with Boston.
FINED: Amare Stoudemire has been fined $50,000 by the NBA after the Knicks star tweeted a gay slur.
Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations, announced the fine Tuesday in a release, calling Stoudemire’s language offensive and derogatory.
Stoudemire apologized Sunday to a fan for using the slur in response to a crude tweet in which the fan admonished the All-Star to “make up for this past season.”
The fan, @BFerrelli, tweeted his comment on Saturday and received a direct message containing an expletive and the slur from the account Twitter verifies as Stoudemire’s. BFerrelli, identified by the New York Daily News as Brian Ferrelli, posted a screen shot of the direct message. Direct messages can only be seen by the sender and the recipient.
COURTS: The child custody battle between Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife returned to a Chicago courtroom where Siovaughn Funches-Wade invoked the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination during a hearing on visitation rights.
Funches-Wade is accused of child abduction for allegedly failing to return their sons, ages 10 and 5, to Wade in a timely manner over the Father’s Day weekend. She was supposed to give the boys to Wade’s sister June 16 so that they could be with their father. Wade is seeking a suspension of her visitation rights, or visitation only with supervision.
Funches-Wade’s attorney, Michael Haber, said testifying Tuesday might hurt her defense against the criminal charges.
The couple was divorced in 2010, with Wade getting custody of the boys in 2011.
HIRING: The NBA remains the leader among professional sports leagues in diversity hiring practices, according to a report released Tuesday.
The University of Central Florida’s Institute of Diversity and Ethics in Sport gave the NBA an A-plus for racial hiring and A-minus for gender hiring in its annual Racial and Gender Report Card. The league received an overall grade of A.
It is the third consecutive report that the NBA has scored at least an A for both race and gender.
For the first time in NBA history, there were more head coaches of color (53 percent) than white head coaches.
TRADE: The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to trade the 18th overall pick in the NBA Draft to Houston for Chase Budinger.
The deal brings in a veteran perimeter player that coach Rick Adelman knows well from his days as a coach with the Rockets.