Thursday , May , 31 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers name O’Brien head coach

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The Indiana Pacers named Jim O’Brien
head coach on Thursday.

“We’re very happy to have Jim as the new coach of the Indiana Pacers,” said
president of basketball operations Larry Bird. “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. We are on the same page. I believe it is very important to have a
coach with experience and I feel Jim is the guy who will take us to the next
level.”

The 55-year-old O’Brien becomes the 13th head coach in franchise
history.

“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to be the coach of the
Indiana Pacers,” said O’Brien, who previously has been the head coach of the
Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. “The tradition of this franchise and
the passion that this state has for the game of basketball has been well-
documented. Since this job became available, it has been my dream to get in
front of Larry and Donnie (Walsh) to talk about my strong interest in this
job. I’ve been very fortunate to get in front of them and feel great about the
outcome.”

O’Brien spent four seasons at the helm for the Celtics, posting a 139-119
record with trips to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003, including a trip to
the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002.

O’Brien then coached the 76ers for one season in 2004-05, compiling a 43-39.
He has sat out the last two seasons.

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