HoopsHype pointed me to this Boston Globe article with info on Jim O'Brien's covert interview process with the Pacers. Larry Joe Legend just worked the phones with O'B, saving the Simons a few hefty steakhouse bills and keeping prying eyes from pinpointing another coaching candidate. Kind of funny in retrospect when you think about O'B and LJL chatting on the phone while Stan Van Gundy is shown on the evening news marching through the streets of Indy with his wife on the way to, you guessed it, a nice steak dinner with LJL.
With Dick Harter vouching for O'B, LJL certainly didn't make an issue of O'B's departure from Philly. Sounds like the issue is still bother in O'B, though.
"I am who I am. I'm not the most charismatic personality. I think it takes at least a year to get to know a person. If that was what was being said in Philadelphia, about alienating people, I would respond, 'I've been in this business for 30 years. Talk to the people who knew me for the other 29.' "