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Wojnarowski: Pacers leaning toward keeping Vogel

Jun 9, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT


Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has the report:

The Indiana Pacers have made significant progress toward deciding to make interim Frank Vogel the permanent head coach while working to strengthen his grip on the locker room, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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 a more unlikely route.

From an outside perspective, Vogel certainly seemed to earn the Pacers’ job in earnest when he turned around Indiana’s regular season, got them into the playoffs, and refused to go quietly against the 62-win Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. According to Wojnarowski, however, the Pacers’ front office does have some concerns about how much respect Vogel commands from his players, which they hope to allay by surrounding Vogel with some experienced assistant coaches this off-season.

  1. trbowman - Jun 9, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    As they should be.

  2. kpweaver27 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    I’m an Indiana born Pacers lifer, and I think this team needs to keep Vogel around. Its a young team that seemed to respond well to Vogel, and most importantly, he did one thing O’Brien failed to do; play and develop his young talent on the team. The Pacers obviously aren’t going to be pulling in any big time free agents, but they need to play the young guys and determine who is worth keeping in the rotation.

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