HoopsHype Frank O'Brien rumors
Bird had already called several prospects but took O'Brien's recommendation to heart. Bird summoned assistant Frank Vogel to his office. '"I asked him if he had any interest in the job," Bird recalled. "He said, 'I don't know. I've got to think about that.' "I said, 'No. No. No. I'm asking you if you have an interest in the job. This is the NBA. I'll get somebody else. I don't care.' "I knew Frank was playing a little game. He wanted it but he didn't want to hurt (O'Brien's) feelings." USA Today Sports
He left. I called him and said, 'You've got the job.' "I told him to bring all the coaches to dinner that night. So we got everybody together and I got up and all I said was: 'Frank is in charge.' "(I said,) 'He's going to run the team but I want to tell all you guys right now, if I hear you say anything negative, other than coaching negativity about a bad pass or a bad screen, I'm going to fire you on the spot. I don't want any of that here. We're going to look at the future. We're going to be positive about the future.' "Bird paused. He smirked. "I'd say Frank went a little overboard," he said. "He's been here what, three years, four years? I've still never heard him say anything negative. It worked. He's done an excellent job." USA Today Sports
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