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The Official "Fire Jim O'Brien!" Thread

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  • The Official "Fire Jim O'Brien!" Thread

    just wanted to know when Jim O' brien will be held accountable for all of these losses. i mean sometimes i wonder what on earth he is doing. he doesn't play McRoberts he takes Hibbert out in the 4th quarter when he was doing good in the 3rd quarter and he did the same w/ Rush in the Milwaukee game. This guy is an average coach. Bird needs to bring in a Avery Johnson or someone like that , that has a winning recipe for success. And what's mind boggling is JOB continues to show that his teams do not and will not play defense... your thoughts?
    Jim O'Brien
    Rick Carlisle

    The poll is expired.

  • #2
    Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

    If "held accountable" means fired, then not 'til the end of this season, or possibly next season. If "held accountable" means Bird looming large and demanding better, then it is probably happening every day.

    If O'Brien is an average coach, he's nevertheless a coach who goes into every game with less talent on the floor than his opponent.
    And I won't be here to see the day
    It all dries up and blows away
    I'd hang around just to see
    But they never had much use for me
    In Levelland. (James McMurtry)


    • #3
      Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

      listened to the game last night but Slick said the problem was this "we have player's on our or team that like to pick @ the ball on defense leaving players wide open." I do not blame the coach for leaving a super-star player like Joe Johnson wide open.


      • #4
        Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

        Not for a while.


        • #5
          Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

          Our players have heart and hustle and enough talent to be competitive most games. What they don't have is a leader to look to in tight game situations to give them the calm confidence to follow through with the game plan and continue to execute down the stretch despite being dead tired. I believe that this is a function of coaching and game management.

          At every level in basketball, active coaching during the game can make a big difference. While O'Brien does do this more now than he once did, he still makes a lot of mistakes in game flow management and player rotations based on their performance during the game, not just due to the amount of time he plans for them to be on the floor prior to the start of the game.

          Our team generally goes into every game believing it can compete, but unfortunately goes into every game with a less talented coach who lacks the ability to manage the flow of games when his players are not doing so correctly themselves.


          • #6
            Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

            Every coach, every player, every front ofice worker should be held accountable. But your question sems to suggest that "being held accountable" means he should be fired. He should not, these losses aren't his fault.

            I avoided this forum after last nights game because the suggestion that OB should be fird I knew would be brought up and i'm tired of trying to explain why he shouldn't.

            I have been watching a ton of NBA basketball for over 25 years, the Pacers have had a number of coaches some good, some bad, and JOB is one of the best coaches they have had


            • #7
              Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

              Originally posted by Putnam View Post

              who goes into every game with less talent on the floor than his opponent.

              Every game? There are teams in every sport thruout the years that have had less talent than their opponents and have had winning teams. There is more than enough talent on this team, even w/o Dunleavy, that it shouldn't be 10-21.

              The person that needs to be held accountable is Bird. He hired the coach, he assembled the players, and he's the one that is allowing the coach to play a gun n gun style game with little "D" with a success of lossing 19 games out of 21 when the Pacers allow a 100 plus points to be scored.

              People say the Pacers are losing the game in the 4th qtr. Hum, how many points did the Hawks have going into the 4th qtr? W/o going and looking it up to be precise in was in the 80's. You can't give up that many points and expect to win a close game in the waning minutes of the 4th qtr.

              Again, who has the power to change things? That's Bird and he's the one that needs to be held accountable.


              • #8
                Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                This is a rebuilding year.

                Look, you can put me at the very front of the Get Rid of Bird Bandwagon. But I think Bird deserves one more draft and offseason because this team is very far from being a completed project.

                I don't think its much better than a 10-21 team, but I think O'Brien should be accountable for the fact that Rush and Hibbert (and McRoberts and Jack) should be farther along after thirty games. Its one thing to be 10-21 and letting those guys play primary roles and learn from their mistakes. Its another thing to be 10-21 and having us wonder why Daniels and Murphy and Rasho and Foster and Ford keep getting "heavy" minutes.
                Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
                Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
                Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
                Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
                And life itself, rushing over me
                Life itself, the wind in black elms,
                Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


                • #9
                  Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                  He doesn't have talent my butt. Yeah they're not gonna win a title but they have enough talent to be better than they are. I don't even post on this board anymore because of this stupid JOB love affair that some of you have. JOB isn't even average as a coach. Calling JOB average is a complete insult to average coaches everywhere. His mind boggling decisions and late game substitutions are a joke. He doesn't have a go to play that will get you a bucket out of a timeout, and even if he did he'd draw it up for Jarrett Jack. He gives minutes to players that don't deserve them. I've made it clear that in my opinion JOB isn't even fit to coach in a YMCA youth league, and I've seen nothing out of him this season to change my mind.


                  • #10
                    Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                    travmil if we fire JOB we give up on this season is all. Who takes over? We have an intern coach in Lester Conner.


                    • #11
                      Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                      Originally posted by Unclebuck View Post
                      I have been watching a ton of NBA basketball for over 25 years, the Pacers have had a number of coaches some good, some bad, and JOB is one of the best coaches they have had
                      UB, I know that you have said more then a few times that J'OB is one of the best coaches that the Pacers have had. I was just wondering what specifics that you had in mind that make him rank that high. I've stated for a while that Jim is a "filler" coach, but your continued glowing praise of him makes me wonder what I'm missing when judging Jim O'Brien from a fans perspective.
                      ...Still "flying casual"


                      • #12
                        Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                        Are we going to blame JOB for the recent illnesses? Injuries? Mike D. not playing? Rush shooting horrible recently? Jack taking it coast to coast missing when we could have had the last shot? etc. etc. JOB is not a bad coach just a victim of unusual circumstances this year. He has not lost the team and therein is where the decision comes.
                        "He wanted to get to that money time. Time when the hardware was on the table. That's when Roger was going to show up. So all we needed to do was stay close"
                        Darnell Hillman (Speaking of former teammate Roger Brown)


                        • #13
                          Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                          Originally posted by Jonathan View Post
                          travmil if we fire JOB we give up on this season is all. Who takes over? We have an intern coach in Lester Conner.
                          You're right. Firing our coach, albeit now or after the season is a major step backwards. I was on the "JOB isn't doing his job" bandwagon, but now I kind of feel we have a hidden gem in a coach. I really think that Jim is capable of leading a good group of players far, but what we have now is what you see. It won't get much better overnight, but give it time.

                          *In some kind of parallel dimension, I would like to see what Ol' Les could do as a head coach.


                          • #14
                            Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                            Originally posted by travmil View Post
                            I don't even post on this board anymore because of this stupid JOB love affair that some of you have. JOB isn't even average as a coach. Calling JOB average is a complete insult to average coaches everywhere. His mind boggling decisions and late game substitutions are a joke.
                            O'Brien's coaching is adequate to keep the Pacers close in every game since the Milwaukee blow-out loss. Loss after loss is hard to bear, but the Pacers are playing at a reasonable level despite all those losses.

                            The Pacers have outscored their opponent in 5 of the last 6 games (or held the opponent to fewer points than they scored themselves if you want a defensive slant to it) when you consider field goals only. The Pacers pretty consistently give up more free throws than they get, and that has been the margin in losses to the Clippers, Nets, Grizzlies, Hornets and Hawks. Unless he is instructing the players to commit all those fouls, it is hard to blame the coach for player errors.
                            And I won't be here to see the day
                            It all dries up and blows away
                            I'd hang around just to see
                            But they never had much use for me
                            In Levelland. (James McMurtry)


                            • #15
                              Re: When will jim O'brien be held accountable?

                              Who's available exactly that everyone's dying to have?

                              I can't wait to see Eddie Jordan lead this same bunch of players to 50 wins next year.
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