Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  22 responses

Jim O’Brien Expected the Pacers to Suck

by Marcel Mutoni

With NBA head coaches getting fired left and right these days, logic would dictate that anyone leading a sub .500 team would be nervous about their job security. This is probably true for most coaches in the L, but not all.

Take Jim O’Brien for instance, he of the 8-16 Indiana Pacers. He’s not losing any sleep over his team’s slow start, mostly because he expected it.

From the Indy Star:

“Does it concern me? Frankly, it does not,” O’Brien said. “When I came on board here, (Pacers president) Larry (Bird) hired me and told me the first couple of years were going to be pretty difficult.”

“I didn’t come in here and have Larry say, ‘I’m expecting you to win 50 games.’ He said that we have a lot of work to do,” O’Brien said. “We changed our whole team around this year and we had seven new players. We weren’t sure what we had.”

Holy lowered expectations, Batman!

Jim O’Brien must give the best motivational speeches ever. “Hey, guys. Listen up: Don’t worry so much about winning and losing tonight. The important thing here, is that we have fun. OK? Fun on three!”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That last line made me spit my water.

  • Plasticman

    Larry Bird isn’t walking through that door…

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Best photo ever. Jimmy O’B reminds me a little (physically, at least) of Paulie Walnuts.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    he’s no jimmy kimmel, …

  • mike

    bring back austin croshere!

  • Mendel

    no pace Pacers

  • Blinguo

    At least there’s flashes of “Granger time” this season. Carlisle did win 50 games for the Pacers right? (unless I mixed that up with his Pistons tenure) and they got rid of him.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Mo Cheeks should’ve opened the season with a press conf. “We totally overpaid for an above avg. role player (Iggy) and an overrated vet (Elton Brand). People, I got a lot of work to do.”.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    I agree @ TADOne. :D

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Jim O’Brien has to make adjustments. I’m surprised he’s contented with his team’s 8-16 record. That’s just not right, in my opinion…

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  • Michael

    the pacers have had a brutal schedule. i think they have done ok

  • Lukie

    lets bring the bird man back as coach. and reggie too.

  • Ken

    Chris Andersen would make an awesome coach. Co-sign Lukie.

  • jaywhy

    rofl @ Lukie and Ken

  • http://HoopsAddict.com McNeill

    I think, perhaps, you’re taking this out of context. I think O’Brien was saying that with a young roster they wanted to see what they had in place. Besides Rasho there really aren’t any “vets” on that squad.

    If anything, I think it’s great an NBA coach has the chance to work with younger players for a couple seasons without worrying about getting fired for losing too many games. I think more NBA teams should allow coaches with younger rosters the chance to develop players…

  • http://www.ngunioamosotho.com Nguni

    “fun on three” – classic!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate? Wildcats! Wildcats! Wildcats!

  • kracka0476

    Of course they were going to suck there White guy to Black guy ratio is way off!!! WG/BG

  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    J.O.B. is gangsta. That guy loves the three ball. No homo.

  • Pigott17

    hahaha kracka0476

    wait till dunners (dunleavy jr) returns then the nba will be introuble

  • awesomepossum

    this feels wrong on a few different levels..