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A little more than a week ago, we noted some rumblings that changes were in store for the Indiana Pacers, as coach Jim O'Brien and GM David Morway were likely going to be replaced at the end of the season, with President Larry Bird's future up in the air as well.
O'Brien was said to be safe through the rest of the season, as no one on his staff was seen as head coach material. On Sunday, though, that story changed in a big way: Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pacers have fired O'Brien. The Indianapolis Star confirmed the decision as well, citing multiple sources.
The decision likely boils down to two factors: expectations and rotations. The Pacers got off to a 9-7 start, and have enough talent on the roster to be a lower-level playoff team in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. That the Pacers are currently 17-37 on the season, good for 10th in the Eastern Conference, could lead to the thinking that the season was at a crossroads. The other regular criticism of O'Brien has been his inconsistent rotations.
The firing comes one day after the Pacers lost to the Chicago Bulls, 110-89, on Saturday night.