Obie, Jim O'Brien. I, for one, really like his philosophy and have a lot of respect for the former Celtics coach. He has taken the Pacers along slowly, but purposefully. Obie's way is a rebuilding one. He resigned as C"s coach rather than buy into Ainges win now plan. Sure it paid Boston dividends immediately, but O'Brien appears critical of Danny's decisions.
“Putting (Kevin) Garnett and (Ray) Allen with Paul (Pierce) is the result of Danny collecting enough attractive assets.”
And with the Pacers dominate performance Saturday, you can see he is on to something. Although, its hard to argue with Boston's results, though. Winning a title is still winning a title. The Pacers and Obie have made significant acquisitions of their own. Getting TJ resolves the lingering Jamaal problem, Rasho gives them another big body that can spread the floor and the continued improvement of players like Daniels, Rush, and the maturity of Danny Granger seem to prove Obie can successfully rebuild a young playoff caliber team.
“It never crossed my mind that it would be easier,” O'Brien said before Saturdays victory. “You still have to draft well, develop your players and make the right trades to get there.
Yet, the reality is Boston is still Defending Champs. It was a great opening night for Indiana and its fans at Canseco. But you have to know that the C's clearly had a bad day as much as the Pacers gelled and had a good one. That's not to say Indy got lucky. Just, I don't expect the next meeting between these two teams to be such a lopsided one, but I know now to expect Indy isn't going to bow down to anyone. And we'll have to wait and see if Boston can erase this loss with back to back wins at Houston and Oklahoma this week. Then, return the favor to the Pacers upon their next meeting.