Myles Turner, TJ Warren react to Pacers hiring Nate Bjorkgren as head coach
Both Warren and Turner took to Twitter to welcome Bjorkgren to the Pacers family.
Let’s Welcome our new coach Indy! https://t.co/5TKIh6OeEN
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) October 20, 2020
Welcome to Indy Nate https://t.co/ttc4bgaAzc
— TJ Warren (@TonyWarrenJr) October 20, 2020
Nate Bjorkgren served as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors during the past two seasons. He’s looking forward to working with Myles Turner, TJ Warren and the rest of the Pacers roster to bring an NBA championship to Indiana.
“I am honored to take on the role as head coach of the Indiana Pacers,” said Bjorkgren, via Pacers.com. “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. I’m looking forward to working with this great team to achieve our goal as NBA Champions.”
The Pacers have been swept in the first round of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Indiana is hoping Bjorkgren can get the team past the first round for the first time since 2014.
Warren and Turner are good players for the Pacers, but the team is only going to go as far as All-Star shooting guard Victor Oladipo can guide them. Bjorkgren needs to develop a good relationship with Oladipo quickly since there have been rumors going around that the high-flyer is looking to leave the team.