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Pacers have no plans to fire O’Brien

Jan 24, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

Jim O'Brien

It’s been a rough stretch for the Indiana pacers. After a promising start to the season, the Pacers have dropped five games in a row, and have lost eight of their last 10 contests. They are currently 1/2 a game out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern conference, and are heading in the wrong direction fast.

Given the team’s poor play and seeming lack of effort during those games, some people have begun to question whether or not coach Jim O’Brien will make it through the year. However, Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star says that the Pacers have no intention of firing O’Brien this season:

The hot topic surrounding the team is coach Jim O’Brien.

Barring a sudden change of thought, the Pacers have no intention of replacing O’Brien, who is in the final year of his contract.

They wouldn’t move any of the assistants up and there’s no point in bringing in somebody from the outside because the players would have to learn the new coach’s system on the fly over the final 41 games of the season.

I said it last summer, and I’ll say it again, there’s only one person to coach this team if there’s a change.

His name is Larry Bird.

Bird has no intention of coaching.

Well, there you have it. For better or worse, the Pacers are going to stick with their guy for the rest of the season. If O’Brien does manage to right the ship, the Pacers’ patience with him will be rewarded. If the Pacers continue their slide, they can simply let O’Brien’s contract run out and begin the team’s rebuilding process in earnest.

  1. metalhead65 - Jan 24, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    as pacer fans the only hope we have for the rest of the season is that that they do not get hot at the end of the season as they have the last 3 years, and thus blowing any chance they have of getting a lottery pick.if they accomplish that then hopefuly they do not resign this loser so he can’t not play said lottery pick next season.everybody keeps talking about the lack of talent for the pacers and while they may not have game changing superstar on the roster the talent is there. to bad they are stuck with a this is my system coach who refused to play any of the young players Bird has aquired.the only reson they do not fire him is pacer management is to cheap to let him go. the only thing holding this team back is the coach and his system that does fit his players. name another coach who would get the hbest young point guars out there in collison then not let him do what he does best for more than half the season?who watches his young players get hot in a game and then takes them out?who watches players play a great game then sits him for weeks ata time?only job that’s who. anybody who would hire this jackass after what he has done to this young team should be banned from the league.

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