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NBA India Games 2019

NBA India Games 2019: Indiana Pacers' coaching staff for the historic preseason games in Mumbai

Bill Bayno, Nate McMillan, and Dan Burke
Bill Bayno, Nate McMillan, and Dan Burke (NBA Getty Images)

The coaches sitting next to the players on the team bench have as much or maybe more to do with the brand and style of basketball that a team plays with than the players.

A lot of it has got to with the upper management in place but eventually, the implementation of the front office's vision is executed by the coaches.

Over the past decade, the Pacers have been among the most consistent teams in the league. In the last ten years, they have made it to the playoffs eight times and seven of the last ten seasons, they have finished with a winning record.

How will the 2019-20 season pan out for them?

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We introduced you to the players, now it's time for the coaching staff.

Here's a look at the key members of the 2019-20 Pacers' coaching staff.

Head Coach - Nate McMillan

The 2019-20 season will be Nate McMillan's 17th season overall as a head coach, having had 12 seasons of experience before he joined the Pacers. Before the Pacers, he had prior head coaching stints with the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons (2000-05) and the Portland Trail Blazers for seven (2005-12).

He joined the Indiana franchise in 2013 as an assistant and was later promoted to the head coach's position when the organisation parted ways with Frank Vogel.

Prior to the 2019-20 season, McMillan has a head coaching record of 616-560 (.524) in the regular season and 17-32 (.347) in the playoffs.

Before his coaching days, he also played for 12 seasons in the NBA, all for the SuperSonics.

His biggest recognitions as a player were two NBA All-Defensive Second Team selections in 1994 and 1995. He was also the steals leader in 1994. His #10 has been retired by the SuperSonics.

Assistant - Dan Burke

Dan Burke has been with the Pacers for the past 22 seasons. Before joining the Pacers, Burke was an assistant video coordinator with the Portland Trail Blazers for eight seasons from 1989 to 1997.

McMillan is the sixth different head coach that Burke has worked under with the Pacers in a group that also includes Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Rick Carlisle, Jim O'Brien and Frank Vogel. Although he's never been a head coach in the NBA, he has served as head coach in the NBA Summer League nine different times.

Assistant - Bill Bayno

The 2019-20 season will be Bill Bayno's fourth as an assistant with the Pacers and 13th overall.

He has previously been an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers (2005-08, 2009-11), Minnesota Timberwolves (2011-13), and Toronto Raptors (2013-15).

Bayno is no stranger to NBA international endeavors as he served as one of the assistant coaches for the 2018 NBA Africa Game.

Assistant - Popeye Jones

Popeye Jones has been an assistant with the Pacers since 2013. Prior to that, he was an assistant with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets for three seasons.

Just like McMillan, Jones played for over a decade in the league before putting on the coach's hat.

As a player, Jones was a picked 41st overall by the Houston Rockets in 1992 but his playing career in the league only began a year later.

After being originally drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 41st overall pick in 1992, Jones went on to play for six different franchises over 11 seasons - Dallas Mavericks (1993-96), Toronto Raptors (1996-98), Boston Celtics (1998-99), Denver Nuggets (1999-00), Washington Wizards (2000-02), and Golden State Warriors (2003-04).

The rest of the coaching staff: Josh Corbeil (Trainer), Carl Eaton (Assistant Trainer), and Shawn Windle (Strength-and-Conditioning Coach).

For more updates and stories on the NBA India Games 2019, you can follow NBA.com's page dedicated to the historic event.

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