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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011, file photo, Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway, left, owner Herb Simon, front right, and president of basketball operations Larry Bird, upper right, look on during an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets in Indianapolis. The Pacers have reportedly fired coach Jim O'Brien after failing to make the playoffs in three losing seasons. Several media outlets reported the firing Sunday, Jan. 30. The Pacers called a 4 p.m. news conference with Bird, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Bird will discuss the coaching situation. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011, file photo, Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway, left, owner Herb Simon, front right, and president of basketball operations Larry Bird, upper right, look on during an NBA basketball game against the New Jersey Nets in Indianapolis. The Pacers have reportedly fired coach Jim O'Brien after failing to make the playoffs in three losing seasons. Several media outlets reported the firing Sunday, Jan. 30. The Pacers called a 4 p.m. news conference with Bird, and a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Bird will discuss the coaching situation. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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