Pacers name Jim O’Brien coach
By Mike Wells
May 31, 2007
Jim O’Brien, former head coach of the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, was named coach of the Indiana Pacers today.
“After speaking with him the last 10 days, we have a vision of where we want this team to go, from how we are going to practice, to how we are going to play and the style we’re going to play,” team president Larry Bird said in a statement before a late afternoon news conference to introduce O’Brien.
O'Brien compiled a 182-158 record in five seasons as coach in Boston and Philadelphia.
His teams advanced to the playoffs three times, including 2002, when he guided the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals.
The team fired Rick Carlisle on April 25. Since then, numerous possible replacements have been mentioned in reports.
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.