Tag:Frank Vogel
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:14 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 8:42 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

Posted by Ben Golliver  

Derrick Rose is peeved at the Indiana Pacers(Getty Images)
Watch your back, Indiana Pacers. You're officially on Chicago Bullls point guard Derrick Rose's hit list.

The reigning NBA MVP broke from his usually humble, soft-spoken demeanor to let reporters know that he's holding a grudge against the Pacers for how they celebrated a Wednesday night victory at the United Center.

ESPNChicago.com reports that Rose said he can't wait to get his revenge.
"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose told reporters. "I can't wait to play them again."
Pacers coach Frank Vogel, meanwhile, explained that his team's post-game celebration was simply a product of their pent-up frustration at losing to the Bulls in the 2011 playoffs.
"They are just thrilled to get the win here," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "They were crushed that we didn't beat them last year in the playoffs."
This isn't any sort of reckless trash talk from Rose, but it is an instructive episode because it represents a full step of evolution. Not only are Rose and the Bulls playing like the league's best team, they have been playing like that long enough so that the target on their back is fully formed and their past vanquished victims are out for revenge night after night.

The next step, of course, is to have the rings that elevate that dynamic to the next level, but this is clearly progress from when the Bulls were still developing around Rose in 2009-2010 and then surprising people with the consistency of greatness in their play in 2010-2011.

A little more than a week ago, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant told the world that only two NBA players have the competitive edge that he has: Chris Paul and Rose. Over the last 24 hours, we've gotten a great glimpse at what Bryant meant. Paul got into a battle of respect with Lakers big man Pau Gasol while Rose takes a Jordanesque turn here, using a perceived slight as fuel for the next competition.

It took a long, long time for NBA players to finally realize that they should do whatever it takes not to anger Jordan and Bryant, lest they feel wrath in return. Given that history, this won't be the last time we see comments like this from Rose. Until then, we all countdown until the fun part: March 5, the next time Indiana visits the Windy City.
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 2:54 pm

Pacers exploring trade and free agency

By Matt Moore 

The Indiana Pacers are coming off of fascinating season. They started off hot as fire, then cratered a bit. Jim O'Brien was fired, and then interim coach Frank Vogel took them to the playoffs, where they had as competitive a five-game series against the Bulls as a five-game series can be. So they're looking to upgrade the team and make a run, right now. They brought in George Hill through trade, and now are looking for more additions. 

The Indianapolis Star mentons a pretty intriguing option through trade: Paul Millsap
The Pacers talked to the Utah Jazz about forward Paul Milsap prior to the draft. Expect them to make a phone call to the Jazz again. The 26-year-old Milsap, a Pacer killer in the past, averaged a career-high 17 points last season.
via Mike Wells: A look at players the Pacers might pursue | The Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

Millsap would make for the power forward the Pacers are looking for in free agency through David West or Nene. If they were to trade Roy Hibbert as part of the package, thiy could sign Nene, then add Millsap making one of the better front courts in the Eastern Conference, along with Danny Granger. The Pacers are clearly looking to enter the conference race right now, instead of waiting to see their young pieces develop. 

The question is, what's the objective? Can the Pacers win a title with Danny Granger as their best player? They've put together an interesting, fast, young team that can defend at one end, hit from the perimeter, and get out in transition. But do they have a team that could get hot and go on an unpredictable run to the title? OK, it wouldn't be unpredictable if we could answer that. But the point is that the Pacers are loading up for what is likely a team whose ceiling is the second round. 

Have to try something, I guess. The Pacers surprised people last season. If they spend wisely, and that's a big if, they could do the same this year with heightened expectations.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 4:17 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 4:41 pm

Finally, Pacers to name Frank Vogel head coach

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.
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 6:06 pm

Report: Shaw to become Pacer associate head coach

Posted by Royce Young

Brian Shaw was supposed to be first in line to succeed Phil Jackson as head coach of the Lakers. That didn't happen, as Mike Brown was handed the job. The question then was, what's to become of Shaw, who is considered a rising coaching star?

According to the Indianapolis Star, he's set to become the Pacers "associate head coach."

Of course that's just a fancy name for an assistant, but what's so interesting here is that the Pacers still don't officially have a head coach yet. Frank Vogel is expected to get the position eventually, but that's contingent on Vogel putting together a good assistant staff. At least that's what Larry Bird has said recently.

Shaw isn't the most experienced guy in the world, but he's highly respected. One of the supposed issues with hiring Vogel was keeping control of the team as a disciplinarian and Bird wanted Vogel to have a couple assistants that think that way. I don't know if Shaw is exactly that, but he definitely makes the staff stronger.

Shaw will be a head coach at some point. It's obviously his goal. Who knows, maybe that job will come in Indiana if he replaces Vogel. The team hasn't settled on anything quite yet, but I'm sure it'll likely be Vogel. But if things don't go well, the job could easily becomes Shaw's in a hurry.

Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 8:23 pm

Pacers making 'significant' progress on Vogel

Posted by Royce Young

Quietly, the Indiana Pacers have been searching for a head coach. That's kind of been overlooked with all the other openings as well as the fact it's kind of assumed that last year's interim coach Frank Vogel would essentially be given the official head coach title.

And that could finally be happening soon. According to Yahoo! Sports, the Pacers are close to reaching a long-term agreement that would make Vogel their coach.
No final decision has been reached, but sources said most of the hurdles have been cleared for Vogel to be offered a multi-year contract in the near future.

Bird and Vogel have met several times in recent weeks and have targeted several assistant coaches -- including Terry Porter and J.B. Bickerstaff -- that the Pacers would like to surround Vogel.

Indiana hasn’t completely ruled out waiting longer and meeting with outside candidates, but management and Vogel have been increasingly in agreement on how to proceed forward together. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has urged Bird -- a close friend of his -- to consider assistant coach Dwane Casey, but that appears unlikely.

The Pacers finished strong under Vogel, who became the interim coach after Jim O'Brien was fired earlier in the season. Indiana 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.

However, management is concerned with Vogel's ability to oversee a locker room and maintain the respect of his players. According to the report, things like punctuality and discipline slipped when Vogel took over. His response to that critique has been to go after strong-minded assistants like Porter and Bickerstaff. Vogel, if you'll recall, is 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'd be 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.

Posted on: May 10, 2011 4:46 pm

Larry Bird to remain with the Pacers

Posted by Royce Young

Larry Bird will remain the Pacers' President of Basketball Operations and David Morway the general manager, the team announced Tuesday.

Owner Herb Simon met with Bird and discussed the team and Bird's future Tuesday and came to the conclusion it was best for Bird to remain in his position.

“I’m quite pleased with the success we experienced this past season and pleased with the direction our team is going,” Simon said in a statement. “I’m glad Larry is staying to help us continue in the positive direction we are going.”

The Pacers made a somewhat improbable push to the postseason this year, losing to the top-seeded Bulls 4-1 in the opening round. Every game except the last was highly competitive though and all in all, the 2010-11 campaign is seen as a step in the right direction for the Pacers.

“The past few months have been the most enjoyable since I took over as President of Basketball Operations,” said Bird. “To see our young players develop, to see us make the playoffs and then to see us compete in a hard-fought series with Chicago are indications we are headed in the right direction and it has made me even more determined to help this team improve further and go to the next level.

“I hope we can keep our core basketball group together and one of my first priorities will be to address the coaching situation.”

The focus now moves to Frank Vogel who finished the season with an interim tag. Vogel's situation was said to get resolved once Bird's future was settled, so I'm sure we'll hear whether or not Vogel will be retained as the team's head coach for another season. Bird seemed to hint at opening up the position a bit late in the season but with the way the Pacers pushed the Bulls and played hard for Vogel, it really seems like it should be his job.
Posted on: May 6, 2011 2:40 pm

Frank Vogel interviewed for Rockets job

Posted by Royce Young

Maybe it's just a threat or maybe it's a sign, but Pacers interim coach Frank Vogel interviewed for the Houston Rockets head coaching position, according to the Indianpolis Star.

The Pacers would be making a big mistake letting Vogel walk as he proved down the stretch of the regular season and also during Indiana's five-game opening round loss to the Bulls that he works well with the team. He seemed to really have their ear, had them playing hard and appears to be a rising young coach.

No surprise the Rockets interviewed him though. Basically if you're affiliated with basketball and available, you've interviewed with the Rockets. Vogel worked with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in Boston.

Vogel said during his season-ending press conference last week that he would like to return as Pacers coach. It's just a matter if the feeling is mutual.

I'm curious though as to if it's just a little nudge from Vogel to the Pacers. The front office is a bit up in the air with Larry Bird's future not entirely certain. So obviously the organization wants to get things straightened from the top down before locking up Vogel. Something tells me that Vogel's future is with the Pacers though.

 Bird will likely stay with the franchise and ownership really seemed to be pleased with the progress by the team.

Vogel led the Pacers to a 20-18 record and to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 after taking over for Jim O’Brien who was fired in late January.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:47 pm

Mike Brown, Dwane Casey contenders for Indy job?

Posted by Royce Young

For a time, it sounded like the Pacers weren't going to fire coach Jim O'Brien because they didn't feel there was a suitable interim replacement on the bench. Then they fired O'Brien anyway and promoted Frank Vogel, one of the league's youngest assistants , to the head spot.

Then, after Indiana started hot under Vogel and climbed its way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, it looked like Vogel might have a shot to have that interim tag removed. His Pacers were running with confidence, playing well, developing and most importantly, winning.

That fun appears to be coming to an end though. Indiana has lost five straight with punctuation coming from a 26-point loss at the hands of the Timberwolves. Vogel, who many didn't think was ready to handle an NBA roster, might be showing his inexperience. The team is down and he doesn't appear to know how to get them back.

So the Pacers are still looking at head coaching options with ESPN.com reporting that former Cavalier coach Mike Brown is the leading candidate along with current Laker assistant and Pacer legend Chuck Person and Dallas Maverick assistant Dwane Casey.

Casey is the interesting one of the bunch as he's seen his name come up a lot over the years. Before there was Tom Thibodeau, it was Casey who was the hot assistant. He had a short stint commanding the sideline in Minnesota, but was dismissed halfway through the 2006-07 season. He had interviews and discussions with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta, but hasn't landing that next job.

The Pacer job is an interesting one because whoever takes control there, has to battle the fact the roster probably isn't set up to win. There's some talented scattered throughout, but it's still in need of key, complementary pieces. Sometimes coaching isn't the answer.
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