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Larry Bird, through Pacers general manager, says Frank Vogel’s job is safe

Apr 24, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

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Frank Vogel is reportedly “coaching for his job.”

More specifically, Marc Stein of ESPN reported:

The decision on whether to retain Vogel at season’s end ultimately rests with Pacers president Larry Bird, sources said

Pacers general manager has his own report:

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Is Vogel coaching for his job? I don’t have access to Bird’s thoughts, but common sense says yes.

The Pacers are in free fall. They’ve gone 11-14 in their last 25 games, dating back to the regular season. Players are reportedly fighting each other behind closed doors, and they’re definitely feuding publicly.

That might not be all Vogel’s fault or even Vogel’s fault at all, but a new voice for the sake of change might be the best way to revitalize a talented roster. Maybe the Pacers just need some time of shock to wake them up.

If Indiana loses to the Hawks – a distinct possibility – dropping Vogel should be considered, even though he’s a good coach. Every NBA coach is on a clock of losing his team, and maybe an early loss would mean Vogel has lost this one.

But here’s why Pritchard is speaking out: The Pacers could still reach the NBA Finals.

They Hawks are pretty bad for a playoff team, and Indiana was better than the Wizards and Bulls for the season on the whole. That still counts for something. The Pacers were also built to match up with the Heat, the most-likely conference finalist.

It’s not an easy road, but it’s at least possible, and the Pacers don’t need their – however faint – hopes undermined by Vogel rumors. For now, they need to keep moving as if they’re on the same page.

If the Pacers lose to Atlanta, I’d like to see what Pritchard’s source’s sources say then.

As is losing in the first round.

  1. bballhistorian - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    What else was Bird going to say?

  2. spthegr8 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    If everybody is talkin about it. It isn’t safe. Where their is smoke, their is fire.!!

  3. 12444uggg - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Good. At the immediate, it’s an unnecessary distraction.

  4. miamatt - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    “Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel’s job is safe.”

    So Larry Bird had to ask his sources if Vogel’s job is safe? What?

    • arlingtonsynn - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      That is Larry Legend’s snark at work.

    • pacers24 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Facepalm yourself please

  5. davidly - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    If they went 11-14 how’d they win the conference. Oh yeah, the Heat went 12-14.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Ah, but the Pacers did that with all of their starters available. Miami didn’t have either LeBron or Wade for nearly all of those games and they lost 4 of them by 1 point – and Bron and Bosh didn’t play in the last 2. So they could’ve easily been something like 18-8 over that stretch.

      But all of that is unimportant now. They’re about to win their series 4-0. How are the Pacers doing?

  6. indyzown - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Yea the media made the smoke & the fire… is it just me or is it a secret or something that…
    San Antonio lost.. because there was barley a peep about it today.. but 5 or 6 negative pacers stories today.. smh

  7. antistratfordian - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Of course, of course. Remember this?:

    November 8, 2012:

    “I have no problems with Mike Brown at all – I’m fine with what’s going on.” – Jim Buss

    November 10, 2012:

    “Lakers fire Mike Brown”

  8. saint1997 - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Thankyou for proving not everything that is ‘reported’ is true!!

  9. void96eater - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Hmmm I don’t buy it. If the Pacers lose before the ECF, then Vogel is hosed.

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