Indiana Pacers Extend O’Brien

In an off season that has seen many changes, the Indiana Pacers announced today that at least something will stay the same. Just this afternoon, news out of Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis confirms that the Pacers have exercised the team’s option on head coach Jim O’Brien’s contract. This means that O’Brien will be patrolling the sidelines for the Pacers through the 2010-2011 season.

President of Pacers Basketball Operations Larry Bird said of the extension ” we are very happy to get the option done on Jim’s contract. When I interviewed Jim for this job, he was committed to everything we want to do.We both feel we are moving in the right direction.”

Adding his thoughts to the days transactions O’Brien was quoted as saying ” I appreciate (owner) Herb (Simon of Simon Property Group) and Larry’s confidence as we move toward getting this franchise back to where it belongs. I love Indianapolis and all the fans in Indiana, and I remain committed to bringing a championship to the Indiana Pacers.”

Jim O’Brien is a career basketball man. With 30 years of coaching experience between both NBA and college level ball, Jim came to the the Pacers two seasons ago in 2007. While the Pacers have missed the playoffs in both seasons under O’Brein’s watch with identical records of 36 wins and 46 losses, he was brought in to a tough situation. Since day one of O’Brien’s tenure, the goal has not been a quick fix, but rather to build a solid team and organization that will see the Indiana Pacers back atop of the NBA and out of the police blotter.

The Pacers preseason gets underway October 2 when they take on the Chicago Bulls. Stay close because will have a preview of what Hoosiers can expect from this year’s team. We will also keep you up to date on all things Pacers throughout the season with a highlighted GAME OF THE WEEK!