Reports: Jim O'Brien to Coach Pacers

May, 31, 2007
5/31/07
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From ESPN News Services and Marc Stein:

Five weeks after firing Rick Carlisle, the Indiana Pacers have hired a new coach.

Jim O'Brien will be named the next Pacers coach, multiple sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein. The team scheduled a news conference for 5 p.m. ET Thursday.

O'Brien previously coached the Boston Celtics, resigning in 2004 after four seasons, and Philadelphia 76ers, who fired him in 2005 after one season. His record in five seasons was 182-158; in three playoff appearances, his teams went 14-17.

Carlisle was fired April 25 after a season in which the team failed to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

The Indianapolis Star adds:

Last week Stan Van Gundy, the former Miami Heat coach, told the Pacers he was not interested in the job.

The team also interviewed Chicago Bulls assistant Jim Boylan and previously spoke with assistant coaches Johnny Davis and Chuck Person, and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw.

I still remember Coach O'Brien's Celtics raining threes all over the Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs. If I were Antoine Walker, I'd agitate for a trade to Indiana, because he has never been better than under O'Brien. 

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