Yesterday, EPSN published an article with the headline “Frank Vogel ‘Coaching for His Job.’” It was written by Marc Stein, and there are few more connected NBA reporters than him. Adding more lumber to the fire was another article, this one by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, that revealed a recent fight/scuffle between Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner that occurred during a Pacers practice.
Obviously, the storm clouds hovering over the Fieldhouse of late started to look darker.
The coach’s job is safe, however, according to team general manager Kevin Pritchard. He tweeted the following earlier today: “Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel’s job is safe.”
Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel's job is safe. @Pacers
— Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) April 24, 2014
The team naturally couldn’t just let the rumors sit out there.
A response was required.
While I wouldn’t doubt the as-of-now sincerity of Pritchard or the organization at large, I still wouldn’t want to be Vogel if the Hawks win this series.
This team is supposed to win a title. I find it hard to believe that the franchise would do spend a summer doing nothing significant — or perhaps severe — if the Pacers lost to a 34-48 team in the first round.