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Pacers’ Frank Vogel will be first time coach of East All-Stars

Jan 14, 2014, 11:18 PM EDT

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Frank Vogel, the guy who got his start in the NBA as Rick Pitino’s video coordinator in Boston and climbed the ladder without being a former NBA player, has risen all the way to be a coach in the All-Star Game.

With the Pacers’ easy win Tuesday night, Vogel secures the spot as coach of the Eastern Conference for the All-Star Game Feb. 16 in New Orleans.

The spot goes to the coach of the team with the best record in the conference come Feb. 2, and the Pacers are 30-7. A coach cannot be selected two years in a row, which rules out Eric Spoelstra of the Heat. After those two, well, it’s a pretty big drop off record wise to Mike Budenholzer (Hawks) and Dwane Casey (Raptors). Vogel was basically a lock for weeks.

This will be Vogel’s first time coaching in the All-Star game. His opposing number will be the Western Conference coach whose team has the best record on Feb. 2 (except for Gregg Popovich, who did it last year and would rather be drinking wine somewhere else anyway).

  1. money2long - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    from interim to this. nicely done

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      great coach

  2. jerdogthompson - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Agreed. Nice job.

  3. davidly - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Meh. Secondary to his appearance on Late Night’s Stupid Human Tricks way back in the year K.C. Jones and Pat Riley were coaching the all-star game.

    • davidly - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Reckon some think I’m slaggin’ Vogel. Not the case. See the vid below.
      Anyway, the only thing being all-star coach means is that you got at least the second best record in your division. Only all-star game I ever finished watching was the Pippen MVP year, ‘cuz I knew he was gonna win it. He shoulda been league MVP that year, in my opinion. All-Star MVP is–who remembers it?

      Now watch this stupid human trick and tell me it isn’t more impressive than the all-star game:

  4. antistratfordian - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Congrats to Vogel. But please don’t play Hibbert too much in the All-Star game. The last thing the game needs is for the East to try to answer a KD three or a Westbrook dunk or a Griffin alley-oop with plays to slow-motion Hibbert in the post. This is what happened the last time he was in there and it bored everyone to tears.

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