The Pacers announced on Sunday that they have fired Jim O'Brien as their coach. O'Brien, who coached the Celtics from 2001-04, has a 121-169 record under O'Brien, and missed the playoffs in each of his first three years in Indiana.
“We’ve been looking at everything with our team, from the beginning of the season and now at the halfway mark and I think at this time a change is necessary,” Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird said in a statement announcing the decision. “This isn’t all on Jim. All of us share in the responsibility for where we’re at and where we need to go.
“These decisions are never reached easily and this is no different,” Bird added. “Jim did a good job under the circumstances the last three-and-a-half years in a rebuilding effort, he helped change the culture and worked every day to try to get this franchise turned in the right direction. I have the utmost respect for Jim and what he did for us.”
The Pacers have replaced O'Brien with Frank Vogel, who also has ties to the Celtics. Vogel started his NBA career with Boston in 1997 as a video coordinator under Rick Pitino. He was elevated to assistant coach under O'Brien, and then worked with him in his subsequent NBA coaching stops in Philadelphia and Indiana.
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