HoopsHype Frank Vogel rumors

April 13, 2014 Updates

Scott Agness: “I back Frank (Vogel) 100 percent.” - Larry Bird to @DaveFurst. Said there were some things he went to him about early in the yr to clean up Twitter @ScottAgness

April 9, 2014 Updates

All five starters — George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert — didn’t go through shootaround and will sit tonight in Milwaukee, against a lowly Bucks team that has lost five straight games and 13 of their last 14. “The starters are not going to play tonight, all five of them,” Vogel said after shootaround. “We’re going to rest them and try to heal up some various bumps and bruises involved with all five guys. “We’re not playing well as a basketball team right now and the starters aren’t playing well. Our bench is not playing well. We want to try to get the starters on track by getting their legs back under them and getting them healed up.” Why all five? “If you sit one or two guys for the game, nobody ever finds a rhythm,” Vogel said. Pacers.com

The Pacers are just a half-game back on the Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but Vogel says improving their own play is their top priority. “We still have our sights on the No. 1 seed but the most important thing for our team is fixing our team,” he said. Pacers.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Vogel floated the idea to rest his players during a team meeting the day after their 26-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs, sources told ESPN.com. The process started Monday when he cancelled practice and then gave the starters Tuesday off. Hibbert, who did not speak to the media, watched practice in street clothes. ESPN.com

Scott Agness: Vogel said PG and DWest, two guys that have played every game, came to him about rest. Vogel regrets not giving them more days off In March. Vogel on tomorrow: "Not everybody will play. We’ll pick our spots over the final four games to get the guys that need rest some rest." Vogel: "I think getting them some rest will make them fresher going into the playoffs. It’s not the answer, but I think it’s part of it." Twitter

April 7, 2014 Updates

"I got nothing to say," Hibbert told reporters after the team's seventh loss in its last nine games. ESPN.com

The rest of the Pacers said Hibbert's benching was the result of a poor matchup against Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Pero Antic. "I was surprised just because it's never happened," forward Paul George said about Hibbert's benching, "but it was just a tough matchup for Roy. To have a five-man who can stretch the floor, put the ball on the ground and shoot perimeter shots. It was just a tough cover because Roy's great at protecting the rim and being in the paint and Antic really had him on the perimeter the whole night." ESPN.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

Vogel admitted postgame that frustration is mounting throughout the locker room as the Pacers' offensive efficiency has dipped way down and many individuals are out of rhythm. The Pacers have now dropped four of their last five games and five straight away from Indy. What they are going through is much greater than simply a late-season lull. They’re battling problems that have been going on since before the All-Star break, but have grown more concerning in March. On a positive note, they have just one more game left in the month — and that’s tomorrow night at home against the San Antonio Spurs, who have won 17 straight games. NBA.com

March 30, 2014 Updates

“I don't know. Obviously we would've fixed it by now if it was something simpler. I thought we took a step, in terms of sharing the ball.” – Frank Vogel on what seems to be the problem “We’re playing against ourselves right now. It’s a level of play that we’re trying to reach that we’re not close to where we need to be.” – Frank Vogel “We’re all frustrated. … We just got to win the next game. That’s our only mindset.” – Frank Vogel NBA.com

March 27, 2014 Updates

"I hope it's a turning point," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. Vogel was disappointed in Stephenson's actions on Wednesday, but he said after Thursday's practice he's been pleased with his response since. "I think he's very, very contrite," Vogel said. "He understands his importance to our team and felt very badly about letting his teammates down." Indianapolis Star

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Ian Mahinmi is currently the backup for Roy Hibbert, but Bynum will overtake that role if all goes according to plan. Vogel made it clear that Bynum will have to fit into what the Pacers try to do instead of the other way around. “We've got a plan and a scheme on both ends of the court with Roy Hibbert that fits his style of play,” Vogel said. "Once he gets healthy and in great condition, I think the transition is going to be fairly seamless. He’s going to fit in and we’ll use him the same way we use Roy.” RealGM

February 1, 2014 Updates

Bynum flew to Indianapolis from Cleveland on Friday and had dinner with Pacers officials that evening, including Bird and coach Frank Vogel. Asked the primary impression Bynum made at the gathering, Vogel said “overall enthusiasm.” “He knows this is the right place for him,” Vogel said. “We believe we're the right place for him, also. He expressed that he wants to fit in, which is the word we like to hear around here with our team-first mentality.” NBA.com

January 28, 2014 Updates

Pacers coach Frank Vogel has come a long way since his days in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. And now after a special ceremony, his name will forever be on the walls of his high school. Monday night, Wildwood High School raised a banner with his name, sports, and retired basketball number (22) during a halftime ceremony. With the Pacers in Los Angeles, Vogel could not attend. Back in September, Vogel, 40, visited his alma mater and was presented with the banner. The 1991 graduate also donated $5,000 to the school’s scholarship fund, according to the Press of Atlantic City. “This is very humbling,” Vogel said at the time. Pacers.com

January 26, 2014 Updates

Looking for work after seven seasons as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Shaw was preparing for an audition as an analyst with ESPN in 2011 when Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel invited him to Indianapolis for an informal interview. “You’re not an analyst,” Vogel told Shaw. “You’re a basketball coach.” During their visit, Vogel touted everything from the area school systems to the championship potential in the Indiana locker room. Needless to say, Shaw never boarded his flight to Connecticut. “He talked me into it,” Shaw recalled Saturday before the Nuggets faced Vogel and the Pacers. “We both could help each other out in that situation. Everything worked out well.” NBA.com

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