Nate Bjorkgren out after tumultuous 34-38 Season
Nate Bjorkgren fired after the Pacers lackluster year after only one season. He was brought in to bring life to the Pacers’ offense and started off well, but drifted down the stretch. Behind the scenes seemed to be a lot of his problems as he had issues with the front office as well as his assistant coaching staff. After the news was dropped the team had an embarrassing experience as Goga Bitadze got into it with Assistant Coach Greg Foster.
The Cons of Moving on From Nate Bjorkgren
The stability and look of the franchise just don’t feel right. When teams fire a coach after just one season, it always feels like a bad look and you truly wonder. Why did you hire them in the first place? The Pacers made the decision to move on from Coach Nate McMillan after four seasons. Coach McMillan went 183-136, but his downfall was 3-16 in the playoffs. Injuries have really been a downfall for the Pacers. McMillian was without Oladipo for a series and then in the NBA Bubble did not have Domantas Sabonis. Injuries can be brought up for Coach Nate Bjorkgren as he was without T.J. Warren, and then the Pacers made the move for Caris LeVert who was out for a significant amount of time as he battled a cancer scare.
Coach Nate Bjorkgren did not get much of a chance to work with the full roster, but the Pacers made the move to move on and seem to want to go to a veteran presence in the locker room.
The Pros of Moving on From Nate Bjorkgren
The Pacers seemed to completely lose faith in Coach Nate Bjorkgren. The players were starting to make noise, but they also did the same on Coach McMillian and his older style. The main pro for the Pacers is to make the right hire. An established coach who will keep the respect of the players but have a balanced approach to the analytics and overall basketball. The Pacers at their best have been a defensive team with a toughness identity. That is something you did not see in the Pacers this past season. It was a more free-flowing offense, but it was not something that brought success for the Pacers. I do not see the Pacers giving another assistant a shot in the head coach’s chair, so who do we bring in next?
The next few articles I will be writing about the Pacers will be the coaching options and who I think should get a shot to be the next Pacers Coach. The Pacers previously made the playoffs five straight years before this season, as they made the NBA Play-in tournament and defeated the Charlotte Hornets 144-117, then were eliminated by the Washington Wizards 115-142. The first coach that I will look at is former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts. He is a native of Indiana as he graduated from Bloomington North and may want to make a trip home to Indiana and see what he can do with this Indiana Pacers Franchise.
Without making any moves the Pacers at full strength can put out a quality starting lineup and all of the projected starting players are under contract in Malcolm Brogdon, Caris LeVert, T.J. Warren, Myles Turner, and Domantas Sabonis. Can Terry Stotts come home and figure that lineup out and get the Pacers back in the discussion for one of the top teams in the East?
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