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  • #1249180
    armchairgmarmchairgm
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    Was busy past few days, but who do you think Pacers hire? Candidates are: Mike D’Antoni, Mike Budenholzer (if fired), Terry Stotts, Brian Shaw. I think Mike D’Antoni will get it unless Budenholzer gets fired I could see them going with him over D’Antoni.

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  • #1249182
    NorrinRaddNorrinRadd
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    D’Antoni could be a good candidate, but they should do some roster moves with him on board. Tbh though they should go with someone new imo.

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  • #1249183
    armchairgmarmchairgm
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    They already said they want someone with NBA Head Coaching experience after taking a flyer on Bjorksen and that not working out with a first year coach.

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    omg! where is indiana basketball when we need him?

    the pacers may be looking for someone more stern,but a player relatable coach..becuz according to several reports the atmosphere was poison..players hated bjorsen approach to the game and his attitude…..there were several shouting outbursts between players and coaches during games and in practices…

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  • #1249198
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    D’antoni. Obviously

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    For me,. it’s between Terry Stotts or Mike D’antoni. Stotts had great success in Portland, and continuously led the Blazers to the playoffs, and most of the time past the first round. He’s done so mostly with one player spearheading the team, Damian Lillard. So there’s no doubt if Indy is forced to have one player lead them to victories, Stotts can help them get there. That one player could very well be Sabonis.
    As for D’antoni, I’m not quite sure if his fast style of play and shooting 3’s like no tomorrow style of play would work in Indy. Sabonis can shoot 3’s, but he’s a better passer, rebounder and mid-range shooter. Myles Turner is better down low and on Defense, then he is on offense. Brogdon and Levert should both work because they are both big point guards who can play with PG or SG. (Levert can even play SF too), and D’antoni seems to help PG’s play much better then anybody thought possible. Just look what he did with Jeremy Lin in New York! But if you only have two players in your starting 5 who are able to work with him, and they aren’t even the team’s best player in Sabonis then can you really succeed with him? I agree with Norrin Radd, if he’s on board they will have to do some major roster moves and I’m not quite sure they are ready to take that route. Major roster moves usually means time in the draft lottery and possibly even the NBA cellar rebuilding, and as much as some teams succeed and are just fine rebuilding like that, and are better for it, Indy is not one of those teams. They have consistently made the playoffs year after year and have succeeded with continuity so much that bringing in a coach who will demand several roster moves would not help this team get past the first round, which is what they want to do. I think Stotts may be the better option unless Budholzer becomes available.

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  • #1249216
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    D’Antoni would be a solid pick and for a contending team his age of 70 is less of an issue. If Doonie Walsh is still a Pacers advisor then he worked with Mike at the Knicks and his views could carry some weight.
    Walsh, Bird and Kevin Pritchard always liked good character guys so might they go for a more disciplinarian type coach.

    If D’Antoni did come and the roster needed refreshing it would be fun to see Pritchard actively doing deals again as his draft day moves with the Blazers were always fun to follow. Plus he is the sort of proactive GM who could give the roster a good makeover.

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  • #1249298
    armchairgmarmchairgm
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    Rick Carlisle is in the mix.

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    • #1249302
      NorrinRaddNorrinRadd
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      Carlisle is at the point where he should choose anything he wants that’s open imo. Pacers make sense.

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  • #1249379
    armchairgmarmchairgm
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    Steve Clifford is in the mix for the job as well.

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