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NBA Power Rankings: Larry Bird and 10 Coaches Who Should Return to the Sidelines
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With the firing of Indiana Pacers' head coach Jim O'Brien on Jan. 31, the NBA coaching carousel continued to rotate in the 2010-11 season.

Now coaching in O'Brien's place is former Indiana assistant Frank Vogel, albeit on an interim basis.

However, although the Pacers' management have stated that he will finish the season as head coach, many people believe that Indiana does not believe that Vogel is the long-term answer for that position.

Further fueling this speculation are the recent rumors that the Pacers may be considering a few other outside candidates to take over the head coaching position after the season.

Therefore, if not Vogel, who will fill the Indiana job for the next few years?

Furthermore, given the expectation that there will be a number of other head-coaching vacancies following the conclusion of the season, which individuals will step in to will fill those spots?

The following slides will take a look at some former NBA head coaches, all of whom could be potential candidates to take over as coaches for the 2011-12 NBA season and beyond.

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