Topofthekey wrote:Reminder for everyone, for the 4 games that Warren played this season, Pacers went 3-1
Not saying that the return of Warren is the panacea that we are waiting for, but we are definitely a much better team than our 9th seed suggests
The combination of Warren's injury, the Oladipo trade, and the 4th quarter meltdown against the 76ers that started a trend is the 1-2-3 jab-cross-left hook combo that put the team on a downward spiral that the team never quite recovered from
On one hand, it's easy to blame Bjorkgren for the team underperforming. Otoh, it's also easy to see all the challenges that he faced: being a first time HC, lack of practice in a shortened season, Warren's injury, Oladipo's trade, LeVert's surgery, etc
A more experienced and respected HC might have weathered all these challenges much better, so I suppose at least we can say that Bjorkgren did not manage to rise to the occasion, and might have made things worse, going by all the reports that are coming out about him
Maybe replacing him is the right move. But I can also see the argument of giving him one more season. Hard to say for sure
This is a good point that has somewhat gotten lost in the midst of everything. We for sure had an awful, disappointing season. But we also had Warren for only 4 games, Myles, Brogdon, Lamb, LeVert all missed significant time, Domas missed a couple weeks, and Goga, Sumner both missed chunks of time throughout the year. We also had a brand new coach and coaching staff. During an extremely odd and frustrating season for everyone in the league. With the Vic drama hanging over the team for the first few months.
Nate sucked. But he did have to deal with a lot and never really got a chance to have the team he expected to through injuries and trade. He also didn't get a ton of practice time. Oshae being in the right place and knowing Nate's system was encouraging that it can maybe work with the right personnel and implementation.
If the reports of his temper and demeanor are true, you kinda have to wonder if it was the stress of all the above getting to him eventually.
At this point, I think the most reasonable approach is to reassess the rest of the staff and find a respected former head coach or high level assistant. Maybe Atkinson? Joerger was interviewed, but he also had a prickly attitude so that may not work. Maybe we steal Adrian Griffin from Nurse as someone whose respected, a former player, and would know how to deal with Nate.