I normally dont like to pile on, because 90% of the posters on here usually cover everything that i feel about the Pacers and their current coach. That being that Obrien needs to go. But it seems that Indystar people and readers have had it as well.
My big thing with the current situation is that Obie just micromanages these players to death. Let them loose and let them play their own game. I do admit, in a recent indystar article that it seems like obie has loosened the reins on DC at least. And he is playing PG and Psycho more.
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"Fans who take the time to comment on the state of their local professional team are typically negative by nature. It's the talk-radio syndrome and it happens all the time, even with the Indianapolis Colts.
But when it comes to the slow start this season by the Indiana Pacers, our readers are nearly unanimous on one thing: They think Jim O'Brien is a rotten coach and he has to go.
The Pacers are 16-21 after an ugly loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and, although they are in the playoff hunt, people didn't expect this team to be below .500 and occasionally look so lost.
We culled through hundreds of reader comments from the past two weeks and picked a diverse set of topics to show the extent of disdain for O'Brien. Today, we'll let our readers have their say:
» Disgust: Fifty words to describe what's wrong with the Pacers? I don't need any words. Just three letters -- J.O.B. -- hua
» Confidence: Is it any wonder (Roy) Hibbert has no confidence, and when (Danny) Granger says the offense sucks he probably means O'Brien's offensive system. The facts are O'Brien has lost this team. -- dklesh
» Surrender: I purchased partial season tickets following the encouraging trade during the offseason. Midway through, I've quit going to games and will not return until at least a coaching change is made. -- insptsfan
» Responsibility: If O'Brien is going to continue to be the coach, he needs to be prevented from doing one thing he continues to do: Criticize his players in public through the media. When has he ever taken any responsibility for the state of the Pacers? -- passing1
» Relationships: O'Brien is the totally wrong coach for this young team. Always putting down his young players in the media. Sets up mismatches for other teams to exploit. Encouraging to throw up 3s is an offense that loses in the NBA. Would his style work in Boston, L.A. or San Antonio? Maybe but that's not his team. -- Stan. H.
» Offense: JOB has lost the players and the fans because he has no set plan and he has the worst offensive flow in the NBA when it totally takes players out of position for rebounding and driving to the basket. Absolutely the worst in the NBA. No set rotations, no game plan, no belief that the offensive system works, no leadership, etc. -- rolggy
» Quitting: I can't say I've ever seen a team lay down on a coach before, but I have a funny feeling this is what it would look like. -- cincymark
» Execution: If the offense is this hard to run, and every year we bring in guys that don't fit it, wouldn't you at some point start to believe that the offense itself and not the players is the problem? Time to send JOB packing. -- the reality
» Individual improvement: They used to say Bob Knight could take a good player and make him great, but he could also take a great player and make him good. I think JOB can take any player, no matter how good or great, and make him stink. He takes the talent and the intelligence and sucks it right out of them. -- bluefan1
» Style: O'Brien doesn't adjust offensive schemes to make his players effective. He keeps being stubborn and tries to hammer his system into their heads, despite the fact that it is not working. Being a good coach means being able to get the best out of your players. O'Brien doesn't do that. -- pacersfan4life"