"I've had the privilege to be associated with Walter at the University of Kentucky and with the Boston Celtics," said O'Brien. "He's an extremely hard-working student of the game and he and his family will be great additions to the Pacers and Indianapolis area."
"I am ecstatic about returning to my home state and to start working with the Pacers," said McCarty. "I am anxious to work alongside Jim O'Brien and am very excited about the direction this franchise is headed."
"Walt has been an integral part of my basketball family for many years, both as a player and a coach," said Rick Pitino. "He is an outstanding teacher, motivator and person and will be a great asset to the Pacers organization. We will miss his upbeat and positive personality he brought each and everyday. We are very excited for him to enter the ranks of professional basketball as a coach."