Amid hypothesis that Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle desired to make a swap to a entrance workplace position, Carlisle adamantly denied the rumors on Thursday afternoon.
“I got here right here to educate. …I need to put this to relaxation as soon as and for all. …Let me be completely clear. I’m right here to educate this staff and coach this staff for the long-haul. I’m not afraid of any facet of a rebuild one bit. Not one single bit,” Carlisle stated (Twitter hyperlinks by way of Pacers VP of basketball communications Michael Preston).
The hypothesis about Carlisle’s potential transfer has been persistent for a number of months, and popped once more final week in Chicago when NBA executives attended the McDonald’s All-America sport, as relayed by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report and Marc Stein of Substack (Twitter
At 62, Carlisle is the fifth-oldest head coach within the league (per Basketball Reference), so the rumors that he won’t have the endurance to educate via one other rebuild make some sense. I take advantage of “one other” as a result of the Mavericks, his former staff, struggled from 2016-19, going a mixed 90-158 over the three seasons.
The Pacers have been anticipated to compete for a playoff spot this season, even when it was on the underside finish, and as a substitute have been one of many worst groups within the league. As proven by our reverse standings, Indiana at present holds a 25-55 file, the fifth-worst mark within the league.
Nevertheless, proprietor Herb Simon has beforehand said he doesn’t need to undertake a full-fledged rebuild, and that was made evident by the staff buying a second-year participant, Tyrese Haliburton, versus draft picks on the commerce deadline (as half of a bigger deal headlined by Domantas Sabonis being despatched to Sacramento).