Indiana Pacers lead assistant coach Lester Conner will not return next season, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.
Every Pacers assistant coach's contract expires June 30. Dick Harter left after the season. The status of assistants Frank Vogel, Dan Burke and Jay DeFruscio is unknown.
O'Brien could promote a current assistant to the lead role or look outside the franchise, possibly to a former head coach.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino posted on his website Wednesday that Walter McCarty will interview with the Pacers "sometime next week."
O'Brien was an assistant at Kentucky when McCarty played there. O'Brien later coached McCarty in Boston.
This is awful if the case. I assume WALTAH! to be an O'Brien yes man. The dude was Troy Murphy before Troy Murphy, PF playing like a tall SG. All next year I was preparing myself to keep saying "well, soon as we fire JOB Conner'll take over and we might have a diamond in the rough."
I guess JOB only does have the one year left, no one sees him coming back after that, so the options are limited. Maybe Conner's being proactive and he knows for a FACT none of the staff's back after next year so he's getting the jump on a new gig. Right?!