With his future still uncertain for next season, Walsh, who had hip-replacement surgery in November, said speculation he could return to the Pacers in some role is rubbish. Pacers president Larry Bird said this weekend that the club making the playoffs has made him definitely want to return next season. Had it missed out, Bird may have not come back, he said.TKB reported last week that any talk of Walsh returning to the Pacers was premature based on his respect for Bird. The fact is, the topic hasn't been discussed.
"I'm angry about that," Walsh said of a rumored second stint in Indiana. "There's absolutely no truth to it. I never talked to [Pacers owner] Herb Simon or anybody else about it. To me, it's something someone makes up."
...it would be hard to blame Walsh for heading back home to Indiana. But don’t assume if he leaves NY he’s going back to to his old job with the Pacers just yet.“He has NOT spoken to Indiana about working again for the Pacers,” the source assured me. “He is too close and has way too much respect for Larry (Bird), who he thinks is doing a great job there.”