Haven't posted in awhile--certainly not since the new coach was named--and I want to air my two cents that I'm pretty encouraged about a new season with O'Brien as coach.
He's had solid success at two teams. Turned both programs around, really. The Celtics haven't sniffed at sucess for the several years before and after his arrival, IIRC.
In fact, you could argue that O'Brien is a sleeper for becoming a top-notch coach in the league. He's solid on defense, on fundamentals, and he doesn't put up with BS, something the Pacers desperately need from a coach. In fact, Carlisle probably should have gone the way of O'Brien in Boston and Philly--Rick should have taken the risk, had some balls, put his foot down and either watched the team work through some temper tantrums or gotten himself fired for taking his stance.
Can we name other coaches in the league with O'Brien's rather unblemished record? I mean, he's generally had winning seasons, generally improved his teams, and taken bottom dwellers to the Eastern finals. To me, he seems to have been the victim of impatient, and possibly spineless, management. The Celtics thought they could revive their old successful ways by bringing back Antwoin Walker. That wasn't correct, apparently. Maybe it was O'Brien they needed to bring back.
So we get O'Brien instead. Go Pacers.