Indiana just announced that former Celtics coach Jim O'Brien will be their new coach. In the press conference on NBA TV, O'Brien said he hopes to bring Harter in as an assistant. Pacers' GM Larry Bird said that he hope to be able to trade for a pick in this year's draft. O'Brien expects the Pacers to be in the playoffs this season and he cited getting the Celtics into the playoffs his first season in Boston. O'Brien cited Rick Pitino as his mentor and a major force in getting him the job in Boston. He further mentioned that the Celtics organization is like a family. He had only good things to say about his time in Boston. One thing is for sure, with Obie and Harter in Indiana, the will emphasize defense.
Reports are coming out of Orlando that Billy Donovan will accept a $6 million a year position with the Magic as head coach. It is still in the speculation stage, but I would be surprised if he turns it down. Yesterday, it was announced that Mark Iavaroni has been hired as the Grizzlies' head coach. I am jealous seeing all the teams getting new head coaches and we are still stuck with Doc. No matter what players we bring in, we start with a handicap. I have a ray of hope, though, now that Tony Brown is out as the head assistant. Maybe those reports about Blatt coming to Boston will be true and we will finally have a defensive minded coach in Boston.
Update: It is official that Donovan will leave the University of Florida and take the Orlando coaching job.