The Indiana Pacers have hired former Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle to be their next head coach, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported on Thursday.
The article on ESPN from MacMahon can be read here, and the Tweet of the article can also be seen below form MacMahon.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added more details on the hire in a post that can be seen embedded below.
Carlisle was an assistant coach for the Pacers from 1997-2000 and then was their head coach from 2003-07.
He's spent the last 13 seasons in Dallas as the head coach of the Mavericks and led them to the 2011 NBA Championship over LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
The Pacers fired first-year head coach Nate Bjorkgren earlier in the month, and more on that can be read here.
The Pacers have formally announced the hiring and shared quotes from President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard (see two Tweets below from the team).
Related stories on NBA basketball
- PACERS GET 13TH OVERALL PICK IN 2021 NBA DRAFT: On Tuesday evening, the NBA held its annual Draft Lottery, and the Pacers ended up with the 13th overall pick in the upcoming draft. The Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers got the first three picks in that order. CLICK HERE.
- FORMER PACER PAUL GEORGE MISSES CLUTCH FREE THROWS: Paul George, who started his career with the Indiana Pacers, missed two free throws with 8.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Game 2 on Tuesday evening. The All-Star forward missed a chance to give his team a 3-point lead, and the Clippers lost on a buzzer-beater by Deandre Ayton. CLICK HERE.
- PACERS FIRE NATE BJORKGREN: The Indiana Pacers had their season end as the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference and fell one game short of the NBA playoffs after losing to the Washington Wizards in the second play-in game. They have now fired head coach Nate Bjorkgren, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news. The Pacers later officially announced the news of them firing the first-year head coach. CLICK HERE.