Right now the Pacers stand at 16-23 and 10.5 games out of first place in the Central division. There have been times that the Pacers have shown real promise but they are still lacking consistency which normally points to a weak head coach. One of the major problems is that the Pacers Organization is trying to make changes in the wrong areas. A good example is a recent tweet from the Indiana Pacers stated that Mike Dunleavy may be on the trading block. The Pacers should not even be considering trading Dunleavy. He is one of the few veteran leaders on the Pacers that can still produce night after night. There is a strong argument that a successful Dunleavy trade could open up cap space, but that is a different subject and a totally different article. The point is when such rumors start to float around the locker room it puts everyone on edge because a lack of job security and team unity starts to set in. A team that doesn't believe will be playing together in a month, won't play together now.
Bird has put together a good team but now he must believe in the team he put together. This Pacers team could easy be .500 or better and if Jim O'Brien cannot get them to that level of play then he should be out the door and a new coach should be welcomed with open arms. I have no doubt that if Jim O'Brien loses his JOB then many in Indianapolis will rejoice. If you don't believe me check out the Fire JOB Facebook page, read comments on the Indiana Pacers Facebook page, or better yet follow Pacer fans on Twitter. You will find there are plenty of Jim O'Brien haters out there. I am certainly not one of them and in fact think he is a decent coach, not great, and maybe not even good, but decent.
The bottom line is that this Pacers team should be able to make the playoffs and have a regular season record better then .500. At this point it is not the players...it is the coach.
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