The Pacers already are making a list of possible candidates to replace Larry Bird next season. Bird, in his third year as coach, has said this will be his final season at the job. Team president Donnie Walsh said Pacers assistant Rick Carlisle and Kings assistant Byron Scott, a former Pacers player, could be among those considered.

"Rick and Byron are the type you should talk to, but I just don't know what can happen between now and the time I have to do it," Walsh said.

Walsh spoke briefly with Scott after the Kings' victory over the Pacers on Sunday and suggested he might want to talk to him after the season about the coaching job.

IMPATIENT HAWK: Hawks President Stan Kasten said that changes might be made if the team doesn't improve by the all-star break.

"I'm certainly not satisfied with how we've been doing," Kasten said. "I expected things to be a lot better."

The Hawks (12-21) are off to their worst start since the 1976-77 season, losing eight of their last 10 games.

SUN MOVE: The Suns activated F Corie Blount and released F Ben Davis to create roster space. Blount was cleared to play last night against the SuperSonics.