Amid a year of difficulties with players and staff, Indiana Pacers coach Nate Bjorkgren’s future with the franchise is uncertain as the regular season nears an end, sources told ESPN.
Bjorkgren has significant work to do with his relationships among players throughout the team and with some members of the organization, but has thus far shown a willingness to try to address those issues, sources told ESPN.
Scott Agness: There’s a lot of issues inside the locker room that need to be addressed. It’s been an unusual year, but things have been bumpy.
A lot of variables factor into this slide after such a promising start to the season, but a coaching staff shakeup is likely to happen before next season, another league source told IndyStar. There's no indication that Bjorkgren's job is in jeopardy in the first season of a guaranteed multi-year deal, the same league source said.
Bjorkgren, multiple sources said, can be too much of a micro-manager and controlling. Brogdon and Sabonis have had his ear. Another source conceded that's to be expected for a first-year coach learning his way to be hands-on and rely on his go-to guys.
May 13, 2021 | 9:03 pm EDT Update
Connor Letourneau: Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins are questionable for tomorrow. Feels like their status will ride on the result of today’s Memphis game.
Connor Letourneau: Juan Toscano-Anderson, who just signed a two-year guaranteed contract with the Warriors: “This is the most money I’ve ever made in my life. … I grew up on 95th. There were 15 people in a three-bedroom house.” What’s the first thing he’s buying? A car for his little brother.
Monte Poole: ‘That’s my best friend. That’s my hero . . . My mom is a gangster.’ -Juan Toscano-Anderson, on his mother, who shepherded him from conception through the streets of East Oakland and, today, at age 28, his first standard NBA contract.
Tom Orsborn: Pop: “I hate to say it, but it’s the truth – there’s no way that it can be the best basketball for all the teams. You need the full season or as much of it as you can. It can’t be squished the way they have had to squish it…It just changes the dynamics for everybody.”
Tom Orsborn: Pop said the NBA family knew it was a safe bet that Tom Thibodeau would reshape the Knicks: “Those of us who know him were kind of laughing, but laughing with huge respect because you just knew it was going to happen.”