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Pacers coach Jim O’Brien fired

Jan 30, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

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UPDATE 1:22 p.m. EST: The Indianapolis Star reports that assistant coach Frank Vogel will be named interim coach.

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star as well as Yahoo! Sports are reporting that Pacers coach Jim O’Brien has been fired. The report comes just days after his job was said to be safe for the remainder of the season as the team evaluated both he and GM David Morway and Larry Bird finished out what may have been his last season as head of basketball operations with his contract expiring.

O’Brien was 121-169 in four seasons with the Pacers. The team never really showed much movement towards progress, even with standout Danny Granger and a hot start to this season.  Roy Hibbert has regressed, the point guard play continues to be muddled among their three quality players at the position, and their team defense has lapped significantly. Rumors first surfaced that O’Brien may be on his way out in Indiana as ownership was reportedly more and more concerned with the direction of the team. We’ll keep you updated on who is tapped to replace O’Brien as interim coach and what this means for the organization as the day progresses.

  1. golfjackal - Jan 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    About time. As great as the Legend is…he’s failed in Indiana.

  2. pubobby2004 - Jan 30, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    It’s about time. Now hopefully we can focus on best draft position and next year and beyond that. If nothing else at least we showed we are willing to admit a problem and make a change. I hope Irsay and polian follow the pacers example. Wow. When was the last time someone said that. The colts could learn from the pacers. Lol.

  3. metalhead65 - Jan 30, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    a move that was way over due. to late for them to do any damage if they make the playoffs which hopefuly they do not do and ruin their shot at the top lottery pick. just hope the new coach ditches this awful system and let’s the players play ball!

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