This was posted in the Star at 1:30pm today.
Bird: O'Brien's job is secure
By Mike Wells
CHICAGO – Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird has a message for those screaming for a coaching change: Jim O’Brien will not be fired.
Bird, frustrated like everybody else about the team’s problems, said he has no intention of changing coaches. If anything changes, it will be the roster, he said.
“Jim is going to be here, that’s one thing the players have to know,” Bird said today. “The coach is secure. We wouldn’t have picked up his option if we didn’t think he was secure. If the players have a problems with Jim, the players are the ones that are probably going to leave.”
The Pacers have lost six consecutive games and are coming off a 34-point loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.
The Pacers play the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
“I don’t like what I’m seeing,” said Bird, who acknowledged that he’s talking to other teams about possible trades. “Going in we expected to compete and be in every game. I thought last year we played very hard and had a chance to make the playoffs at the end. The play on the court now, it’s no excuse, we have to be able to compete on a nightly basis.”