Nate Bjorkgren was fired Wednesday after a season as head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
Bjorkgren, 45, guided the team to a 34-38 record in 2020-21. Indiana missed the playoffs after a resounding loss to the Washington Wizards in the play-in tournament.
“The 2020-21 season was not what any of us hoped or anticipated, and our results on the pitch certainly did not live up to the standards our organization and our fans expect,” Kevin said. , president of the Pacers’ basketball operations. Pritchard said in a press release.
“We have determined that this is a good time to move in a different direction, and on behalf of the Simon Family and the entire Pacers organization, I want to express my gratitude to Nate for his efforts at the helm. of our team.
“Although we do not have a specific timeline for our research, we will act quickly to identify candidates who will strengthen our team and our organization. “
Reports surfaced throughout the season that Bjorkgren had a bad relationship with his players and members of the organization. Things came to a head last month when assistant coach Greg Foster and center Goga Bitadze engaged in a tense in-game argument that led to a suspension for the former and a fine for the latter.
Bjorkgren has taken over the head coach position previously held by Nate McMillan, who was fired in August after four seasons in Indiana.
Bjorkgren was previously an assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns (2015-17) and Toronto Raptors (2018-20).