According to sources, the reigning NBA coach of the year Nick Nurse, Borkorgren sold his innovations, adaptability and winning paces in his time as an NBA assistant and head coach of the G League.
Bjorkgren worked with Nurse in two stops in the G League, winning a title with him in 2011 in Iowa. Bjorkgren reached the G League final as the head coach of Santa Cruz in 2013 before reaching the NBA in 2013 as an assistant with the Phoenix Suns.
The 45-year-old Bjorkgren resumed with the nurse in Toronto in July 2018 and was part of his staff in the Raptors championship season.
The Pacers are replacing Nate McMillan, who was sacked after four consecutive trips to the playoffs. McMillan had an 183–136 record at Indiana, including 3–16 at Postman.
The Pacers have made five consecutive postshains, but have drifted to the first round of each in the last two years.