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Pacers head coach Vogel leads league in technical fouls, calls $22K in fines ‘money well spent’

Apr 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Frank Vogel, Greg Willard AP

If you had to name the head coaches who lead the league in technical fouls, the two names tied for second on that list with seven apiece might be among those you’d think of first.

The man at the top of the list, however, isn’t exactly a household name, and therefore probably wouldn’t come to mind until you’d exhausted all of the usual suspects.

Pacers head coach Frank Vogel has a league high nine technical fouls this season, with George Karl of the Nuggets and Doc Rivers of the Celtics just below him on that list.

From Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star:

The Indiana Pacers coach went into Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets with a league-high nine technicals among coaches in the league.

“Do I really?” Vogel asked, obviously surprised. …

Vogel has paid more than $22,000 for the nine technicals.

“Money well spent,” Vogel said.

Technical fouls are rarely a surprise to NBA head coaches; typically, they know which magic words will get them rung up automatically, and most veterans of the game like Karl and Rivers tend to pick them up strategically instead of out of frustration.

It’s unclear which category most of Vogel’s fall into, but either way, seeing his name at the top of the list for the season is definitely a surprise.

[Scott Agness of also had the story, and posted it on April 11.]

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    You realize you put up a picture of him yelling the ref who died a couple weeks ago, right? Stay classy PBT.

    • Kurt Helin - Apr 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

      Actually, no. But does that really matter to you? It’s a photo of Vogel yelling at a ref.

  2. Rich Peters - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Reblogged this on Tricky_Roma.

  3. manchestermiracle - Apr 14, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Unless the coach disrupts the game during play, or makes a gesture in an attempt to show up a ref, I just don’t get why words result in T’s. Coaches often draw technicals in order to motivate their team, so why do the refs fall for that? I’d be a lot more impressed if refs just ignored the bait and kept the game moving. Being thin-skinned is not a good trait in an official. Nobody bought a ticket to see you stop the game and do your Sesame Street letter-of-the-day impression.

    • matjaz.jan - Apr 14, 2013 at 5:44 AM

      Sterns’ rules. Because there should be no complaints about how games are fixed.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    The pride of Wildwood Crest, NJ…Give it to ’em Frank!!!

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