PHOENIX - DECEMBER 03: (FILE) Head coach Jim O'Brien of the Indiana Pacers directs his team during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 3 2010 in Phoenix Arizona. According to reports on January 30 2011 the 17-27 Pacers fired O'Brien in the middle of his fourth season as head coach. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Dallas Mavericks added Jim O'Brien on a multi-year assistant coach contract on Monday, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
The Dallas Mavericks added another knowledgeable veteran mind to their bench on Monday afternoon, as ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting the franchise inked Indiana Pacers coach Jim O'Brien on a multi-year deal to serve as an assistant:
O'Brien was most recently given the axe by the Pacers just 44 games into the 2010-11 season, after it became painfully evident that his team would be on a crash course with its fourth-straight playoff miss. Although he took a Boston Celtics squad to the Eastern Conference Finals way back in the spring of 2002, O'Brien's stints as a head coach have generally left plenty to be desired. As an assistant, however, the Mavericks appear to have found an ideal candidate.
Expected to take the previous role of Terry Stotts, who was recently lured away to run the Portland Trail Blazers, O'Brien will reunite with his good friend Carlisle, the same person he took the Pacers from in 2007. Defections like Stotts among Carlisle's coaching staff once looked to be quite troublesome for the franchise, but now it appears the bench will be in good hands with O'Brien serving in a No. 2 role.