Nate Bjorkgren was fired on Wednesday after one season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
Bjorkgren, 45, guided the workforce to a 34-38 document in 2020-21. Indiana missed the playoffs after a blowout loss to the Washington Wizards within the play-in match.
“The 2020-21 season was not what any of us hoped or anticipated it will be, and our outcomes on the court docket definitely didn’t meet the requirements for what our organisation and our followers have come to count on,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard mentioned in a information launch.
“We’ve got decided that is the precise time to maneuver in a special route, and on behalf of the Simon Household and the whole Pacers organisation, I wish to specific my gratitude to Nate for his efforts main our workforce.
“Whereas we shouldn’t have a particular timetable for our search, we are going to transfer rapidly to determine candidates who will make our workforce and our organisation stronger.”
Stories surfaced all through the season that Bjorkgren had poor relationships along with his gamers and members of the organisation. Issues got here to a head final month when assistant coach Greg Foster and middle Goga Bitadze engaged in a tense in-game argument that led to a suspension for the previous and a advantageous for the latter.
Bjorkgren took over the pinnacle teaching place previously held by Nate McMillan, who was fired in August after 4 seasons with Indiana.
Bjorkgren beforehand was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns (2015-17) and Toronto Raptors (2018-20).