HoopsHype Frank Vogel rumors

May 31, 2014 Updates

NBA coaching sources continue to say that Vogel, as ESPN.com reported during Indiana's first-round struggle with the Hawks, was indeed coaching for his job in that series when the Pacers were unexpectedly stretched to seven games. It's widely presumed that a second-round exit to the Wizards would have led to the same unhappy outcome. Now? The situation isn't as clear. The Pacers have been engulfed in turmoil for months and still found a way to reach the NBA's Final Four. But the bigger boost to Vogel's quest to stay is the fact that Indiana has obviously revealed itself since the All-Star break to have a number of issues. ESPN.com

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Hibbert had complained about not having a greater role in the offense earlier in the season, but sounded like a reformed man on Wednesday. No “selfish dudes” in this game. His current stance is that it's up to him to establish position near the basket and make it possible for teammates to get him the ball where he can score. And if it doesn't happen, that's OK, too. “When they try to get the ball in to me sometimes, it takes a lot of time out of the shot clock to get (a shot),” he said. “Coach (Frank Vogel) and myself talked at great length after the last game. I was in his office for like an hour. We chit-chatted and I told him, ‘I don’t really need plays called for me. I’ll just defend on one end and rebound, block shots, and then I’ll try to be the first big down the court before the defense settles to be able to make a move. I'll let the other guys get most of the plays called, but I’m fine just trying to work. I'm adjusting to that more as opposed to wanting a play called for myself.” NBA.com

May 7, 2014 Updates

Through Jan. 31, Hibbert was posting his customary numbers – 12.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game – for a team that was 35-10. After Bynum was signed, Hibbert averaged 9.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He’s been worse in Indiana’s eight playoff games so far: 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks. And the Pacers have gone 25-20. Bringing Bynum aboard rankled Hibbert, a source told NBA.com, when coach Frank Vogel ran plays to get Bynum involved offensively that he rarely calls for Hibbert. NBA.com

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Indiana coach Frank Vogel says he doesn't expect any discipline from the NBA after a scuffle late in the first half that prompted Pacers star Paul George to step off the bench. Atlanta's Mike Scott and Indiana guard George Hill got into it under the basket after a missed shot in Game 6 Thursday night, shoving each other in front of the Pacers bench. Replays showed George and a teammate taking a step onto the court, though they were quickly pushed back by the assistant coaches. No punched were thrown. Scott and Hill were each assessed a technical foul. USA Today Sports

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As the Pacers sat in their chairs at their Atlanta hotel for a film session on Friday, the day before Game 4, they experienced something for the first time. Coach Vogel let them hear it, every single one of them. “He was fired up,” George recalled. “And he’s always fired up but this was a different kind of fire. That’s the best word I could say. He was fired up. He was real fired up.” NBA.com

April 25, 2014 Updates

Forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and coach Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers have been selected as the 2014 winners of the Magic Johnson Award and the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, respectively, which recognize excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans, the Pro Basketball Writers Association announced today. In addition, the public relations staff of the Golden State Warriors becomes the second two-time winner of the Brian McIntyre Award, presented to an NBA PR staff that exemplifies the standards of professionalism and excellence worthy of acclaim. The Warriors also won in 2010. The Indiana Pacers staff won the award for the second time last season. Journal and Courier

Hibbert has scored only 18 points in the first three games on 7-of-25 shooting. Coach Frank Vogel was asked if he planned to make a change, especially given the Pacers had more success with their big man on the bench. "We're going to look at everything," Vogel said. "He has not played well in the series to this point. But we still have confidence in Roy Hibbert." USA Today Sports

Following Indiana’s 101-85 triumph over Atlanta in Game 2 of the teams’ first-round playoff series, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that coming back to win the series against the Hawks would not automatically guarantee Vogel’s job. Vogel’s players defended their coach on the eve of Thursday night’s Game 3 in Atlanta. “Leave Frank alone, man,” Pacers swingman Lance Stephenson told reporters Wednesday after practice. “We (are) getting ready for the playoffs. I don’t know why the media’s trying to do all this negative stuff on us.” Lindy's Sports

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