INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Dick Harter will return to the Indiana Pacers for the third time, this time as an assistant to new coach Jim O'Brien.
The 76-year-old Harter was an assistant under Jack Ramsay from 1986-88 and under Larry Bird from 1997-2000, when he oversaw the team's defense as it reached the 2000 NBA Finals.
Harter was the first head coach for the expansion Charlotte Hornets and has been an assistant under Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and P.J. Carlesimo with the Portland Trail Blazers.
O'Brien selected his staff on Wednesday. Others who will work for him are Lester Conner and Frank Vogel, who were assistants when O'Brien was the head coach at Boston and Philadelphia.
Dan Burke, a Pacers assistant the last 10 years, remains on the staff. Jay DeFruscio, head coach at Wheeling Jesuit University the last 18 years, also joins O'Brien's staff.
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