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Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 4:41 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It only took about three months too long, but the Indiana Pacers will introduce Frank Vogel as their next coach at a press conference Wednesday.

Reportedly, Vogel signed for three years with the team, with the third being a team option.

Interim coach after Jim O'Brien was fired earlier in the season, Vogel helped the Pacers finish strong. They went 20-18 with Vogel in charge and pushed the top-seeded Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs, eventually bowing out in five games.

What was the hold-up, though, in naming him the head man?

Management -- read, Larry Bird -- was concerned with Vogel's ability to oversee a locker room and maintain the respect of his players. According to a report, things like punctuality and discipline slipped after Vogel took over. As a result, he targeted strong-minded assistants, one being Brian Shaw formerly of the Lakers.

Vogel, if you'll recall, is now officially the league's youngest coach at 37.

He seems to be a natural fit for the Pacers, and the team obviously plays hard for him. It's a wise move for the Pacers to retain Vogel. There are other good alternatives, but clearly the team is willing to play for him, and continuity is always a good thing, if it's an option.

When he took over the job in February, Vogel said, "We're changing the identity of our basketball team dramatically. We are a power-post team, blood and guts, old school, smash-mouth team that plays with size, strength, speed, athleticism. We attack the basket."

The Pacers did exactly that, playing a bit more uptempo while also integrating Roy Hibbert in the post. It was an effective strategy and was a big part of the team finishing well.

The Pacers were also interested in Mike Brown and Dwane Casey, but both of those found jobs with other teams. Who knows if they turned down the Pacers or vice versa. What we do know is that Vogel is officially in charge of the team he seemed to connect well with last season.

It's a little funny to me too that Vogel got this job. Back in January when the Pacers were considering canning O'Brien, they hesitated because they didn't feel a good interim replacement was on the current staff. They went ahead with firing O'Brien and then promoted Vogel, a young and raw assistant. He did well, got the team to buy into a system, play hard and make a playoff push.

And now he's the team's full-time coach. Sometimes, the best option is right under your nose.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 9:33 am

Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

Frank may be the hardest working coach in the sport.  They say he has a Jon Gruden like work ethic.  Also, they say he is lax.  Last year he sat AJ Price against the Nets because he was late, so I am not sure about that report.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2011 8:53 am

Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

Larry is showing that he is growing as a GM by insisting that if Vogel wanted the Head Coaching job, he'd have to have better assistents on the bench with him. Bringing in a guy like Shaw, who is known as a player's guy (Kobe endorsed him for the Lakers job). Hopefully the assistents will help bring some stability to the locker room and not allow things to be so lax. The team doesn't need a dictator ala Jim O'Brien, but they do need someone that can relate to them, but also be able to put his foot down when need be and keep things in order.

Now let's hope that the powers that be get this stupid lockout ended and get back to the business at hand so that the Pacers can work on improving the team via trades and free agency.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:06 pm

Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

I wasn't going to comment but after reading the two comments ahead of me felt like I has no choice. You two know as much about the Pacers and Larry Bird as I do about surgery and rocket science - zilch. The Pacers are not great but they have a good nucleus who play well together, are good citizens (currently), and have a coach they respond well to. Bird has slowly grown into his job. He is not a superstar at it but he has certainly made some key decisions that have paid off for the Pacers. No GM in the NBA makes all good calls, they all make mistakes and work to learn from them. If the Pacers are not a high quality commodity in the next 3 years, then you can talk about Larry's exit.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 5, 2011 6:55 pm


why did they hire this no name?  Get a real coach.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2011 5:20 pm

Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

Good move. Nothing against Shaw, but this guy is a known commodity and the team played well for him when it mattered. He earned a chance to run the team from the beginning of the season. Also with the lockout, they won't have to learn a new system when and if basketball returns in 2011-2012.

The Pacers were also interested in Mike Brown
Good move not going with this fraud. LA will do fine despite him because of their talent, but they won't win. Brown was the byproduct of James' talent. He now has Kobe and more talent, but once the playoffs start, he'll get outcoached by anyone, not named Stan Van Gundy.

Management -- read, Larry Bird
Bird is a horrible GM/president.

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