Frank Vogel did an admirable job turning around the 2010-11 Indiana Pacers season. And while team president Larry Bird is looking at other options to fill the current head coach vacancy, he has said that Vogel will get the first and last interview.
Former Rick Carlisle assistant with the Pacers/Cavs head coach/LeBron yes man Mike Brown, Pacers legend/rifle aficionado Chuck Person and former T-Wolves coach with a lifetime .434 record (53-69 in two years with Minnesota)/misspelled first name Dwane Casey are all in the mix. But it sounds like the billionaire who will be paying the coach’s salary likes the young fella.
[Pacers owner Herb] Simon is a big supporter of Vogel because he got the players to play hard, something that wasn’t always the case with Jim O’Brien. But it’s Bird’s call on who he wants to be the coach.
Vogel helped his chances when the Pacers competed in four of their five games against the Bulls.
Vogel will have to tighten things up with the players. Practices were too loose at times. That’s not good for a team that has a lot of young players.
Vogel doesn’t need to become an O’Brien clone, just make sure the players are focused when they need to be.
As noted, Bird will make the final decision but it can’t hurt to have a vote of confidence from Simon.
Know what else can’t hurt? This Stupid Human Trick he first performed as a eighth grader on Late Night With David Letterman. Hopefully he will break this one out during his interview. Should put him over the top. (Vogel comes on at the 5:04 mark)
Seriously though, Danny Granger or Mike Wells or someone needs to find out if Frank can still do this and, if so, encourage him to reenact this. It’s easily now my second favorite NBA-related appearance on Late Night in the 1980s after MJ’s wonderful interview in a track suit. (video via @HicksPD … h/t Ziller)