...if the Pacers were to lose in the first round of the playoffs, Rick Carlisle should be fired on the spot. He was hired SOLELY to do what Isiah Thomas supposedly couldn't-- get Indy deeper into the playoffs. I'm reading a lot of nervous posts about the Cavs (what?!) and the Pistons. People, please. The Pacers will not lose to these teams.
HOWEVER, if they did, Carlisle should go, and Bird with him. I, personally, have a zero tolerance level with these guys. They were supposed to be the saviors that could come in here and get Indy over the hump. Many of you that are wringing your hands, worrying, were the ame people that called for Isiah's head the SECOND the clock hit ZERO after he coached his first PRESEASON GAME. And when he was fired and Rick hired , you all jumped up and down for joy. Now, it's Rick's turn to show WHY he was brought here, and I fully expect you who bashed Thomas to have the same zero tolerance for Rick, because anything less is hypocricy.
I fully expect Rick's team to floor anybody they face in the playoffs. He is a better coach than Isiah, who was in his own right a good coach. Just ask Rick, or Reggie, or Jermaine, or anyone else in the Pacer org not named Larry Bird. however, if he doesn't get indy to the next level, that simply proves that making a coaching change was a mistake. IMO, Rick will coach Indy to the next level. I am supremely confident. My question for all the anti-Thomas/pro-Rick crowd is this: why aren't you?