New coach will need strong voice, sup...

New coach will need strong voice, support

There are 53 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 26, 2007, titled New coach will need strong voice, support. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Now the Indiana Pacers need a voice. A loud, insistent, authoritative voice. A voice that talks tough and acts tougher.

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Jake Jennings

United States

#1 Apr 26, 2007
Might looko Stan Van Gundy.

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Apr 26, 2007
Kravitz your column at best is bad entertainment, your more suited for a paper route!
Preacher Rowe

Wexford, PA

#3 Apr 26, 2007
I'd like to see Stan Van Gundy added to the list of candidates. I thought he did one heck of a job in Miami before Riley dismissed him.
Leader Wanted

Louisville, KY

#4 Apr 26, 2007
Give the new coach the responsibility to hold players accountable for minimum standards of performance both on and off the court or enforce clearly communicated consequences.

No more excuse making because fans are sick and tired of it from Pacer's Management and Players. Fans are sick of all the softness in management that is used as a floor mat.

This is a business-run it like one or step aside and let a real leader step up. This city deserves better.
Playa is the problem

Ft Mitchell, KY

#5 Apr 26, 2007
A loud voice... Bob Knight? Look, no NBA problem child is ever going to be coachable so a loud voice is probably NOT the solution. The Artests, Tinsleys and Jacksons of the world are going to do whatever they want no matter who is at the helm. They are unreachable. The solution (short of tearing up the agreement between owners and the player's union) is building a team with strong character, chemistry and a lot less off court issues.(Everything the current team does not have). Then bring in a coach that matches your players' strengths. At the very least that would give us a team we wouldn't have to be ashamed of.

Lebanon, IN

#6 Apr 26, 2007
I'd definitely be rooting for the Pacers again if Mark Jackson were the coach. Outside Reggie Miller, he's my favorite Pacer.
Bill in Sarasota

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Apr 26, 2007
Preacher Rowe wrote:
I'd like to see Stan Van Gundy added to the list of candidates. I thought he did one heck of a job in Miami before Riley dismissed him.
I agree with you.
My first choice is still Mark Jackson but I Like Stan Van Gundy too.
How About the Rest

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Apr 26, 2007
If the changes just stop with Carlise then the Pacers really have problems heading into next year.

Larry has proved nothing since being here....he inherited the Pacers best team since their ABA days as a coach, and then helped to dismantle it when in the front office.

Larry needs to be next! This novel experiment has failed. If Carlise can go, then so should Bird!

Donnie, this really needs to be your last year as well.

This franchise needs new a direction and a new plan (assuming there is a plan currently in place). The margin for error, especially in a small market is too narrow for the continued buggling that has gone on.

My prediction for next year absent further changes is average attendance of around 8500. Prepare to dig deep into pockets Simons!

Someone will have to let me know if I'm right or not, as I won't be at the games to know.

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Apr 26, 2007
I think Rick Adelman would be great. And there was nothing wrong with James White. He would have been great too. Started a game for San Antonio...

Greenwood, IN

#10 Apr 26, 2007
The reason we never saw any suspensions or penalties after any of the incidents was because Bird liked that kind of thing. He wanted players that could be intimidators. Unfortunately, the players we have can only intimidate off the court.

Bird is the next person that has to go because he lacks the leadership to put a stop to behaviors that are detrimental to the team and our community.
Hopeful Pacer fan

Eminence, IN

#11 Apr 26, 2007
whoever gets the job..... make a stand against any player caught up in off the court antics! We do NOT need street thugs who think they can do whatever they want, wherever they want! It was disgusting! It's NOT just about the game but about respect and character as well!

Washington, DC

#12 Apr 26, 2007
Jamal Tinsley was the LEAST of this team's problems. Not bringing him back would be an awful move.
more pacers love

Fishers, IN

#13 Apr 26, 2007
How about former assistant/current Cleveland head coach Mike Brown? He has the Cavs playing some pretty good basketball, although I would imagine it would take a lot of money to lure him away from an up-and-coming franchise with LeBron at the helm to come back to Indy to repair one swirling down the drain.
Pacer Fan in Dixie

Huntsville, AL

#14 Apr 26, 2007
Here's a name for head coach Mr. Kravitz has not mentioned. What about Paul Silas?
Old Pacer Fan

Anchorage, AK

#15 Apr 26, 2007
This city and its sports teams, until the Pacers fell of the truck, have been about character... Start there and the rest will take care of itself.

It's spring cleaning time and we need a very large broom.

Start at the top and keep sweeping until you reach character...

Since: Apr 07

Fishers, IN

#16 Apr 26, 2007
Good luck to Carlisle. With the right team he will do fine. I also believe we need a very firm coach. Usually i do not like it, but we need someone who will "call" the players out in the media. They need to lose this Bird, Carlisle shell. The Pacers have a long way to go. I am very concerned about Larry Bird being able to bring them back.This no draft picks is one of the biggest GM blunders i have ever seen. But if Larry is going to remain in this position, i hope he has learned some valuble lessons.Please turn it around! I WANT TO BE A PACER FAN AGAIN!

Greencastle, IN

#17 Apr 26, 2007
So, the torch has been passed to Bird. "it's his team now"? If it is, given the trades and drafts he has made in the past, the changes (coach and players) he will make this summer will not be any better than the ones he has made the last several years. We'll see......
Pacer Fan 1

Kokomo, IN

#18 Apr 26, 2007
Rick Carlisle has nothing to do with the failure of this crappy team. Injuries, poor player character and chance taken on bad attitude players are the blame here. He'll find a job with players who like the game, will stay healthy and Rick will be winning 60 games again soon. In the meantime, the Pacers will be eating the contracts of nice, but mediocre players trying to rebuild with guys who have no desire left to bring their best to every game.
Tuned out

Lebanon, IN

#19 Apr 26, 2007
Does anyone remember after the last N.B.A players strike what the league did to try to improve it's image with the fans?I do. They allowed us to attend a free PRACTICE,a free HOTDOG,and a brand new league produced C.D with the bold title "I still love this game".Well I don't still love the type of game the N.B.A has produced.The Pacers off court problems are a clear indicator of whats wrong with the league.Over paid,disrespectful,human doodle pads with a basketball that they never intend on passing.The Pacers are a prime example of what happens when you give millions of dollars to young immature young men who've been given the impression that thier athletic ability entitles them to do as they please on and off the court.Reguardless of how hard the league trys to become Disney World like with it's image,the sad fact is you can't put Mickey Mouse ears on a guy who looks like a motor cycle gang reject whos packing a 9 mm.

Washington, DC

#20 Apr 26, 2007
Marc Iavoroni, the assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns, is the best choice.
The Pacers plodding offense was acceptable when they had two great defensive players, Jermaine O'Neal and Ron Artest, to lead them. That team no longer exists. The Pacers need to take a page from the Colts and build a team that uses speed and quickness in their offensive and defensive sets.
One need only look at the Washington Wizards offense before their injuries of the offensive play of the Western Conference teams, especially Phoenix to see whats missing in race car city.

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