Pacers, With 17-27 Record, Fire Head Coach O'Brien, Indianapolis Star Says

The Indiana Pacers fired Jim O’Brien, who was in his fourth season as head coach of the National Basketball Association team, the Indianapolis Star reported on its website today.

Assistant coach Frank Vongel is expected to coach the team for the remainder of the season, with input on player selections also coming from Larry Bird, the report said.

The Pacers had a 121-169 record under O’Brien, who previously coached the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. O’Brien joined the Pacers in May 2007 after a two-year break from the NBA.

The Pacers have never had a winning season under O’Brien and are 10th in the 15-team Eastern Conference with a 17-27 record this season. Indiana lost 110-89 to the Chicago Bulls yesterday for its seventh loss in eight games.

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