Jim O'Brien (basketball, born 1952)

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Not to be confused with Jim O'Brien (basketball, born 1950).
Jim O'Brien
Coach Jim O'Brien Bulls vs Pacers 2009.jpg
Personal information
Born (1952-02-11) February 11, 1952 (age 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Career information
High school Roman Catholic
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College St. Joseph's (1971–1974)
Coaching career 1974–present
Career history
As coach:
1974–1975 Wheeling Jesuit (NCAA II) (asst.)
1975–1976 Pembroke State (NCAA II) (asst.)
1976–1977 Maryland (NCAA I) (asst.)
1977–1978 St. Joseph's (NCAA I) (asst.)
1978–1982 Oregon (NCAA I) (asst.)
1982–1987 Wheeling Jesuit (NCAA II) (asst.)
19871989 New York Knicks (asst.)
1989–1994 Dayton (NCAA I)
1994–1997 Kentucky (NCAA I) (asst.)
19972001 Boston Celtics (asst.)
20012004 Boston Celtics
2004–2005 Philadelphia 76ers
20072011 Indiana Pacers
2012–2013 Dallas Mavericks (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

As coach:

James Francis Xavier "Jim" O'Brien (born February 11, 1952)[1] is an American basketball coach.

Early life and education[edit]

O'Brien is the son-in-law of Hall of Fame coach Jack Ramsay. Born and raised in Philadelphia, O'Brien graduated from Roman Catholic High School of Philadelphia in 1970 and St. Joseph's University in 1974. At St. Joseph's, O'Brien started on the Hawks basketball team for three seasons. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1981.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

O'Brien was also head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University from 1982–87 and the University of Dayton from 1989–94. He led the Dayton Flyers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season, after winning the Midwestern Collegiate Conference; however he led the Flyers to just 10 wins in his last two seasons at the school and was fired after the 1993–1994 season. O'Brien then served as an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at the University of Kentucky from 1994 to 1997 and then with the Boston Celtics from 1997 to 2001.

Before his stint in Philadelphia, O'Brien was the head coach of the Boston Celtics from 20012004, replacing Rick Pitino. He worked to rebuild the struggling Celtics and led them twice to the playoffs. During the 2003–04 NBA season, however, O'Brien consistently fought with Celtics' general manager Danny Ainge over short-term versus long-term goals. Ainge was looking to completely redo the roster, and traded Eric Williams and Tony Battie, two of O'Brien's favorite hardworking players in December 2003. As a result of the conflict, O'Brien shocked everyone in the Celtics community by resigning in January 2004.

He was hired as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2004–05 season. The 76ers made the playoffs in his one season as coach after missing the postseason the previous year, and although O'Brien had a multiyear contract, he was fired. Billy King hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach after Cheeks was fired by the Portland Trail Blazers.[3]

The Indianapolis Star reported on May 31, 2007 that he would coach the Indiana Pacers. [4] He replaced Rick Carlisle, who was fired after four years, when the team failed in 2006–07 to make the playoffs for the first time in a decade. On January 31, 2011, Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird relieved O'Brien of his coaching duties. He was replaced by assistant Frank Vogel on an interim basis, but Vogel was retained after the season and is currently the Pacers' head coach.[5]

In the 2012–13 season, O'Brien was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, O'Brien retired from the team to spend more time with family.[6]

Broadcasting career[edit]

O'Brien was also an analyst for ESPN's NBA coverage from 2005–07.

Coaching record[edit]

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Dayton Flyers (Midwestern Collegiate Conference) (1989–1993)
1989–90 Dayton 22–10 10–4 2nd NCAA Second Round
1990–91 Dayton 14–15 8–6 4th
1991–92 Dayton 15–15 5–5 4th
1992–93 Dayton 4–26 3–11 7th
Dayton Flyers (Great Midwest Conference) (1993–1994)
1993–94 Dayton 6–21 1–11 7th
Dayton: 61–87 (.412) 27–56 (.422)
Total: 61–87 (.412)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
BOS 2000–01 48 24 24 .500 5th in Atlantic Missed Playoffs
BOS 2001–02 82 49 33 .598 2nd in Atlantic 16 9 7 .563 Lost in Conf. Finals
BOS 2002–03 82 44 38 .537 3rd in Atlantic 10 4 6 .400 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
BOS 2003–04 46 22 24 .478 (resigned)
PHI 2004–05 82 43 39 .524 2nd in Atlantic 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
IND 2007–08 82 36 46 .439 3rd in Central Missed Playoffs
IND 2008–09 82 36 46 .439 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
IND 2009–10 82 32 50 .390 4th in Central Missed Playoffs
IND 2010–11 44 17 27 .386 (fired)
Career 630 303 327 .481 31 14 17 .452

References[edit]

  1. ^ "76ers quickly find a coach: O'Brien Former St. Joseph's player had success with Celtics". Philadelphia Inquirer. April 21, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jim O'Brien, National Basketball Association, retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Fire Coach Jim O'Brien, Hire Maurice Cheeks", InsideHoops.com, May 23, 2005.
  4. ^ http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070531/SPORTS04/70531038
  5. ^ "Pacers relieve O'Brien of coaching duties". NBA.com. January 30, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ MacMahon, Tim (May 3, 2013). "Jim O'Brien retires from Mavs". ESPN. Retrieved May 22, 2013. 

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