Indiana Pacers Fire Jim O’Brien; More Change on the Way?

The Indiana Pacers fired coach Jim O’Brien on Sunday midway through the fourth year of O’Brien’s contract and named assistant Frank Vogel interim coach for the rest of 2010-11.

O’Brien went 121-169 as Pacers coach and began this season 17-27 before being relieved of his duties.

The first thing to take away from Sunday’s news is that the Pacers are doing the right thing in parting ways with O’Brien. He wasn’t getting it done at a point in his contract when Indiana should be a solid playoff contender in a weak Eastern Conference. I’ll have more on that later, but O’Brien’s dismissal presents an opportunity for the Pacers to start fresh.

The question is, is it just the first one?

By Drew Allen

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Indiana Pacers, Right Behind the Bulls in the Central Division

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Yes, the standings are correct.

Despite a 97-95 loss Wednesday to the division rival Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, the Indiana Pacers find themselves in second place in the Central division with a 10-10 record just past the one-month mark of the 2010-11 NBA season.

Granted, the Pacers have been only slightly outside the neighborhood of a .500 team during coach Jim O’Brien’s tenure, but you get the feeling there’s something different about this squad.

By Drew Allen

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