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Divorces between NBA teams and their coaches tend to be messy. The honeymoons sure can be lovely, though.
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Bubba Johnson

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May 1, 2007
 
yeah, yeah, yeah.......when will the Pacers win!
IU Guy 68

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May 1, 2007
 
so who is gonna be the coach?
J Ro

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May 1, 2007
 
The Pacers need Jalen Rose

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May 1, 2007
 
I will coach them. We will party all the time. stay out to 3 in the morn have the girlie smoke the best chronic. Oil our 9s in case we have some fool asking why we are losers. peace; tinsley play cousin.
Christina

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May 1, 2007
 
J Ro wrote:
The Pacers need Jalen Rose
Yes..yes..yes..!!!!!!!

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May 1, 2007
 
Would Del Harris, current Mavs assistant, Plainfield IN native and former Coach of the Year be interested? Although he is 69 yrs old, he seems in good health.
I wonder if that's one of the assistants that Bird talked about?
jst

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#7
May 1, 2007
 
I vote for Mark Jackson, but he would have to bring in very strong, veteran coaches as assistants for it to work. It would have to be just the right mix on the coaching staff as Mark would be learning on the fly as Bird and Thomas did previously, but I think it could work! He'd have instant respect from the players (young and veteran guys) and would generate excitement from the players and fans...just what the Pacers need next year the very most!
tony e

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#8
May 1, 2007
 
The Pacers need a strong willed figure who can bring some much needed DISCIPLINE. Fines and suspensions should be imposed for team conduct violations regardless or whether or not it's gone through the court system. It's really not that dificult to determine right and wrong conduct despite the "innocent until proven guilty" oxymoron I hear so often associated with the Pacers.( Just as a side note, If someone is guilty they are guilty regardless if they are judged rightly in a court of law,( for example O.J. Simpson.) I have been a Pacer fan from the beginning but I'm ashamed of some of the conduct lately. Management has tried somewhat with the issue through trades but I think a tougher approach is needed before it comes to that. I think it obviously starts with the coach and management to set the tone for what is expected. We need a coach who has the presence and authority to back it up with action. That aside, there appear to be some good choices out there: Sam Mitchell IF he will leave Toronto. Mark Jackson, although he is an unknown commodity because of lack of coaching experience and maybe the best choice, Marc Iavaroni who has a pretty impresive resume.
Wayne from Plainfield

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May 1, 2007
 
joe smith wrote:
I will coach them. We will party all the time. stay out to 3 in the morn have the girlie smoke the best chronic. Oil our 9s in case we have some fool asking why we are losers. peace; tinsley play cousin.
Joe Smith, that's what they were doing before the trade, we don't need your help in that department!:P~

No, we need someone who will help develop the young guys, like Granger, Williams and Diagu. Larry Brown would be horrible, he hates young players.
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May 1, 2007
 
Christina wrote:
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Yes..yes..yes..!!!!!!!
Please, never do that again.
Adam

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May 1, 2007
 
I'm not totally sold on Sam Mitchell. He was close to being ousted after last season but now he's coach of the year? I think the Raps' biggest difference was adding Colangelo to the front office and getting international guys who actually play as a team. Even so, they're getting mauled by Jersey in the playoffs now in the first round.

As a fan I'd like to see Mark Jackson but it is a risk. It'd either turn out great or horrible after the first season. The safest bet is Marc Iavaroni. Regardless of the coach, we need to bring in some guards who can break down a defense and shoot the ball. Move Tinsley (even if it requires moving JO too), try to pick up a point guard either trough trading, or trading for a draft pick, and pick up a sharp shooter. Jason Kapono? After the Heat got swept he indicated he may want out of Miami..
Charles

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#12
May 1, 2007
 
So, who will it be?

I vote for Reggie Miller!

No need to recycle the club of recyclable coaches. I think that Cleveland's success should have been mentioned in this article!
Charles

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May 1, 2007
 
MrDon wrote:
Would Del Harris, current Mavs assistant, Plainfield IN native and former Coach of the Year be interested? Although he is 69 yrs old, he seems in good health.
I wonder if that's one of the assistants that Bird talked about?
After tonights, Avery Johnson will be available as well. Don't forget Earlham when you mention "The Delmer"
Charles

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May 1, 2007
 
Adam wrote:
I'm not totally sold on Sam Mitchell. He was close to being ousted after last season but now he's coach of the year? I think the Raps' biggest difference was adding Colangelo to the front office and getting international guys who actually play as a team. Even so, they're getting mauled by Jersey in the playoffs now in the first round.
As a fan I'd like to see Mark Jackson but it is a risk. It'd either turn out great or horrible after the first season. The safest bet is Marc Iavaroni. Regardless of the coach, we need to bring in some guards who can break down a defense and shoot the ball. Move Tinsley (even if it requires moving JO too), try to pick up a point guard either trough trading, or trading for a draft pick, and pick up a sharp shooter. Jason Kapono? After the Heat got swept he indicated he may want out of Miami..
Reggie is the only option!

Reggie...Reggie....Reggie!

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#15
May 1, 2007
 
Make Larry Bird coach these BUMS..........GO GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS!
joe

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May 1, 2007
 
My vote is for the 7-4, "Dunking Dutchman" to stroll the sidelines for the Blue and Gold.
Smits!... Smits!... Smits!
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#17
May 1, 2007
 
What do you think of Al and Step Jackson now? Honestly, forget about defending your team, etc. Would you guys make the trade now that you have seen all parties involved. We would.
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May 1, 2007
 
Golden State Fan wrote:
What do you think of Al and Step Jackson now? Honestly, forget about defending your team, etc. Would you guys make the trade now that you have seen all parties involved. We would.
I think Al is an average player who is always going to be out of position no matter which position he plays. He can't shoot consistently enough to play outside and is not big enough or athletic enough to play inside. He is a 6th or 7th player on any team, the problem is that he think he should be the 1st or the 2nd option. The Pacers were stuck w/Jackson and he had to go because of his behavior starting with the brawl and ending with the Club Rio incident. He could never thrive in Indy because of the pressure (pressure he put on himself) and he is not a player who can excel in a slow paced offense like the one Carlisle ran. He is perfect for the system like Golden State's where you have a stud like Baron Davis playing at the top of his game creating for everyone else. The Pacers' problem starts right there at the PG position and as long as they have Tinsley they are not going anywhere. Look at the point guards in the playoffs right now. Nash, Davis, Terry, Parker, AI or even Steve Blake, Darrent Williams, Billups, Hinrich, Kidd... C'mon, how can a guy like Tinsley match up with any of those guys? That's right, he can't.
As for Dunleavy, Murphy and Diogu, we'll see... I'd like to see them in a different system with a different coach. I think Dunleavy could work, but once again, we'll need to pick up someone who can create a shot for others as we have 0 players who can do that right now. Murphy is softer than Snuggle and I don't see him as a contributor. I'm hoping Diogu will develop into a solid post player, he has shown potential, but it will be tough if JO stays he'll never see any playing time.
In short, the Pacers have themselves a cluster-f*** type of a situation on their hands.
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#19
May 1, 2007
 
I concur with the sentiment that Sam Mitchel may not be the right coach. I think he's been exposed in the playoffs as a medicre coach at best, and the last thing this team needs is a guy that's going to struggle with strategy and getting the most from his players.

All this talk about Reggie and Rik Smits is ridiculous. Neither guy has ever shown an interest in coaching before nor do I think they were good enough players to command the respect of the current team (Reggie is probably closer to garnering respect than Rik.) Mark Jackson is intriguing, but he reminds me far too much of Doc Rivers in that as an analyst, he talks a good coaching game, but when he actually gets on the bench, his lack of coaching experience is going to be evident.

As for who the next Pacer coach will be, I don't think it's going to be a guy anyone is considering in the media right now. It will most likely be someone with previous ties to the organization and is a current assistant or was a coach already at some point in the league.

Personally, I'd like to see a young assistant former player, like Kurt Rambis or Bill Laimbeer (sorry Pacer Fans) get a shot.
Rik Smits

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#20
May 1, 2007
 
What are dey sinking about?

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