Friday, April 9th, 2010 at 11:30 am  |  21 responses

No Changes Coming in Indiana

The team is awful (and has been for years), which means they should stay the course and not change a thing. Of course. From the Indy Star: “Owner Herb Simon doesn’t like watching his franchise suffer through a fourth consecutive losing season. But despite the potential for the first 50-loss season in more than two decades (the Pacers are 30-48 with four games left), Simon said in a recent interview that coach Jim O’Brien will return for his fourth season and team president Larry Bird will continue to lead the club’s rebuilding project. ‘The losses aren’t where we want them to be, but we feel like things are getting there and there’s light at the end of the tunnel,’ Simon said.”

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  • I’m Not Famous

    The light at the end of the tunnel is the train coming down the track to run them over. Fire Bird, he locked up this group of guys to contracts that extend 2-3 more years and they stink. He’s basically a sexual harassment charge away from Isiah Thomas territory.

    Okay, that may have been a bit of an overstatement, but too much of one.

  • IndyB

    Nothing can really be done until Murphy, Ford, Dunleavy,Foster & Tinsleys Buyout all expire (they count over 43,000,000 against next years cap). Larry either inherieted or took on these contracts (except Fosters extension)trying to clean up the PR disaster that was the Brawl team. Once they expire there will finally be a chance to truley build something. Now if the team doesnt get better after the summer of 2011 then Larry needs to be held accountable.

  • The Philosopher

    In my humble opinion, worst case scenario, Bird comes downstairs and coaches them. He’s a great coach. Not a good coach, but a great coach. I hope they do that before they get rid of Bird. He IS Indiana, USA.

  • Nigel

    Well that’s one less team in the East my Sixers need to worry about. *Knocks on wood*

  • Bart

    Maybe they should tank to get a true franchise player, they will never win with Granger chucking up 985976387648736 three’s a night he will be a mad 2nd option though

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @Philosopher Larry Bird is not gonna coach again. His health and the stress that coaching put on him last time around won’t let him even consider that option. If you’ve read any interviews with Bird, he’s pretty adamant on that point.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Roy Hibbert, Troy Murphy and Danny Granger don’t scare a damn fool…

  • http://sevendeu2u.wordpress.com/ Seven Duece

    Don’t worry, they’ll find someone inn the draft.

  • Sparty’s Law

    No winning coming in Indiana

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Seven – If they can get a sparky young PG to bring some energy with the ball… that would be nice. They have the 10th pick and outside of John Wall, there doesn’t seem to be another surefire PG in the mix. If theycan get Xavier Henry with that pick hat could be nice. If Jon Scheyer is expected to go lower, as far as the 2nd round – they should look for a trade DOWN involving a 2nd contract with someone.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    But I’m some scrub sitting inside on the Net whilst its a sunny saturday morning…. my life needs an overhaul.

  • I am the Walrus


  • TEddy-the-Bear

    Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, and Troy Murphy are the only guys worth keeping on that team. Hibbert can be very good soon.

  • nastierthanu2

    Did someone in this thread mention Scheyer. Really!!?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    Cho is right about Larry not coming back to coach but he definitely SHOULD. In fact, he’s the one that has much to blame for this mess, post-brawl. He’s been spotty with personnel; Jim O’Brien is a good coach, but the roster has been a mess, and they’ve invested all their hopes in a great player whose best as the “2″ in a 1-2 punch combo.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Dam Larry Bird and his white players j/k.. I think lil Dun is worth keeping because he can come off bench and back Granger. Or play some 2guard.. Unless some team is willing to give up a quality player for him? gonna be interesting summer..

  • David

    There is no good reason for a team to continue to be terrible for this many seasons in a row. The Jazz were able to recover from losing Malone and Stockton in less time. Some of these organisations need to be more honest with their appraisals of their results.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Honestly the Pacers are on the brink of being a really good team. They have all the pieces. Granger, Dunleavy Jr., Jones and Rush on the wings are all HORSES. Solid frontcourt of Murphy, Hansborough n Foster. Hibberts development into something consistent is the key. One thing they lack…..a POINT GUARD! Watson is easily the worst starting PG in the league. (well except maybe for Duhon) Upgrade their is needed and if it wasn’t for Bird, Indiana, Deiner, Hansborough, McRoberts, Lil Dun, Eminem, Beastie Boys, John Tesh comin of the bench…look im not gonna go there but Jon Scheyer might be a possibility. I know he’s a Dookie n nobody likes Dookies…but i also think he’s underated. All i know is they need a point guard n they’ll be iight.

  • The Philosopher

    @M. Cho: You’re right about Larry Legend’s health. I forgot about all of that for a minute. If he were healthy, I’d love to see him coach again.

  • gus

    yea, indiana’s bad, but they havn’t had those big draft picks like other teams have. They’ve been struggling along with picks like # 13 or 17 or 15 etc. no derrick rose or dwayne wade. it shows they are sharp by getting danny granger at #17, and they know it at the time too. what they need is to spend some $$$ in the free-agent market for a partner for granger. overall, i think hibbert and others are doing well for double-digit picks.

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    O’Brien can’t coach,Dunleavy plays about 15 games a year,and Larry Bird sucks as a G.M. but they give him a pass.