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Carliesle leaves Pacers front office

INDIANAPOLIS, June 12 (UPI) -- Rick Carlisle, fired as the Indianapolis Pacers coach last month, Tuesday said he would leave his job as the team's executive vice president.

Pacers officials offered Carlisle a front-office position when they relieved him of his coaching duties after the team went 35-47 this past season and failed to make the NBA playoffs for the first time since 1997.

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However, Carlisle said he "felt it was better for both the Pacers and myself to part ways at this time."

In four seasons as the Pacers coach, Carlisle built a 181-147 record. He guided the team to a 61-21 mark and the Eastern Conference finals in 2003-04.

Jim O'Brien was hired May 31 to replace Carlisle as the Pacers coach.

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