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Sport Pacers hire Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as head coach

05:20  21 october  2020
05:20  21 october  2020 Source:   yardbarker.com

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Tuesday that they have hired Nate Bjorkgren as head coach . Per team policy, the terms of the contract were not released. Bjorkgren (pronounced BEE-ork- gren ) served as assistant coach of the Toronto Raptors during the past two seasons

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indiana Pacers are set to hire former Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren as the team’s new head coach , sources confirmed to FOX59. The Pacers fired former head coach Nate McMillan in August after the team was swept in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

Roughly two months after the Indiana Pacers relieved Nate McMillan of his coaching duties following another first-round playoff exit, they've landed their replacement. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Nate Bjorkgren © Steven Ryan/Getty Images Nate Bjorkgren

Indiana confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the club hired Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren as its new head coach. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski previously reported news of Bjorkgren's hiring. 

Bjorkgren served under reigning NBA Coach of the Year Nick Nurse in Toronto as assistant coach the past two seasons and helped them win the 2019 NBA Finals. He also worked as player development coordinator and assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns for two seasons from 2015-17 and then signed on with Toronto as an advanced scout during the 2017-18 campaign. 

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The Indiana Pacers will hire Nate Bjorkgren as head coach for next season. Bjorkgren comes from the Toronto Raptors where he was Nurse’ assistant coach . The coach will replace Nate McMillan, fired at the end of the season.

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nate Bjorkgren has reportedly interviewed for the Indiana Pacers ' head coaching vacancy, according to Sirius XM's Frank Isola. The 45-year-old Bjorkgren joined the Raptors ' coaching staff in 2018, accepting the title alongside newly hired head coach Nick Nurse.

Bjorkgren, 45, was an assistant under Nurse when the Iowa Energy won the 2010-11 NBA G League championship. 

In the official team statement, Indiana president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said: 

"We are very pleased and excited to have Nate as our new coach. This was an extensive and thorough search, and when we reached the conclusion, we felt strongly Nate is the right coach for us at the right time. He comes from a winning background, has experienced championship success, is innovative and his communication skills along with his positivity are tremendous. We all look forward to a long, successful partnership in helping the Pacers move forward."

"I am honored to take on the role as head coach of the Indiana Pacers," Bjorkgren added. "This is something I have prepared for during my career. I want to thank Kevin, Chad (Buchanan), Kelly (Krauskopf), Larry Bird, Donnie Walsh, and Herb and Steve Simon for this opportunity. I also want to thank Nick Nurse for giving me my first professional coaching job 14 years ago.

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Nate Bjorkgren (BEE-ork- Gren ; born June 20, 1975) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren interviewed for the Indiana Pacers ' head coaching vacancy, Raptors bench boss Nick Nurse confirmed Wednesday on Bjorkgren engineered another turnaround with the D-League's Bakersfield Jam, posting a 34-16 mark as head coach in 2014-15.

"I'm looking forward to working with this great team to achieve our goal as NBA Champions."

a man wearing a suit and tie: Nate Bjorkgren © Steven Ryan/Getty Images Nate Bjorkgren

The Pacers have fallen in the first round of the playoffs in each of the past five years. 

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