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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Jim O'Brien Fired By Indiana Pacers

Per this report by Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski, the Indiana Pacers have fired their head coach Jim O'Brien this morning. Here is some info on the firing, according to Wojnarowski:

O’Brien’s firing comes after the Pacers lost seven of their past eight games to drop to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. After a strong start to the season, the Pacers have faded in recent weeks and O’Brien’s abrasive and erratic coaching style became a greater issue within the organization. The front office wasn’t happy with how O’Brien had publicly chastised promising young center Roy Hibbert(notes), despite the player’s earnest efforts to improve.

Assistant coach Frank Vogel will coach the Pacers for the remainder of the season. Reports are also saying that Indiana will target ex Cavs head coach Mike Brown, who has a history with the Pacers as an assistant under Rick Carlisle.

Maybe a change in philosophy will be good for the Pacers who have a bevy of young talent on their roster, including Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison. I think if the Pacers decide to take on a more uptempo approach to offense they can be a competitive group. They definitely have the pieces to make it work.

Jim O'Brien was brought in prior to the 2007-08 season and had a 121-169 record as the Pacers head coach. O'Brien's previous coaching stops include coach the Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers before taking over the Pacers.


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