The Indiana Pacers fired head coach Isiah Thomas Wednesday, saying that the team's chemistry wasn't quite right.
"We have decided to go in a different direction," said Pacers President and CEO Donnie Walsh.
"When I hired Isiah, I thought he was the right man for the job at the time and he was. But as our team has evolved, the decision was made that it's time to go in a different direction. We appreciate what Isiah has done in his three seasons here."
There was no word on a possible replacement.
Thomas became the head coach of the Pacers in July 2000 and guided the club to a record of 131-115. Indiana reached the playoffs in each of Thomas' three seasons, but failed to advance past the first round.
"After looking at film, seeing how things were and evaluating the basketball operations, I detected the team's chemistry wasn't what it should be," said Larry Bird, who was hired last month as the team's director of basketball operations.
"Donnie and I decided that a change was necessary and a fresh start was important. It's not a reflection on Isiah's job here, but more of an indication of where we want to go in the future."
with files from Sports Network