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Frank Vogel Wins Rudy Tomjanovich Award

Apr 24, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel yells at a referee against the Atlanta Hawks in the first quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

According to media reports, Frank Vogel has been awarded the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given to a head coach that guides his team to success on the court while cooperating well with fans and media.

Although Vogel was awarded at a tough time for he and his team, the achievement is well-deserved as the Indiana Pacers had a strong season overall. Indiana finished the regular season 56-26, but is currently trailing the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks 2-1 in the first round of the postseason.

The Pro Basketball Writers Association announced Vogel as the recipient of the award in an official release on Friday.

Vogel was one of five finalists for the award. The other four finalists were Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Bobcats, Kevin McHale of the Houston Rockets and Dwayne Casey from the Toronto Raptors.

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