Pacers Hire The Most Pacers Head Coach Possible

From and Woj:

The Indiana Pacers have agreed to a multiyear deal to hire Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as their head coach, sources told ESPN.

Bjorkgren, a disciple of reigning NBA Coach of the Year Nick Nurse, sold the Pacers on his history of innovation, adaptability and winning in his time as an NBA assistant and G League head coach, according to sources.

Bjorkgren worked with Nurse in two stops in the G League, winning a title with him in 2011 in Iowa. Bjorkgren reached the G League Finals as head coach of Santa Cruz in 2013 before arriving in the NBA in 2015 as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns.

Bjorkgren, 45, reunited with Nurse in Toronto in July 2018 and was a part of his staff in the Raptors' championship season.

I'm sure this hire will make the last few high-end players want to come play in Indiana. Victor Oladipo definitely signed off on this one. Honestly, that's not being very fair to Bjorkgren. He's worked his way up from high school assistant coach all the way through the D-League and to be a championship assistant. 

That definitely deserves credit. His connection and closeness with Nick Nurse makes me feel better. Nurse wasn't a highly regarded candidate when Toronto brought him in and he's done great things there. 

It's just so funny that of all the candidates that were talked about - Chauncey Billups - being the main one that comes to mind, the Pacers go with an assistant most I've never heard much about, and definitely can't pronounce his last name. Perfectly Indiana.

Kevin Pritchard has made a lot of good roster moves to help position Indiana to at least stay competitive and interesting basically with one hand tied around his back, so I trust his judgement to bring in whoever he thinks will do the best job. 

Like I said, it's just so...boring. Not flashy. But, I guess that's Indiana.