HoopsHype Frank Vogel rumors

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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

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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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"I don't think there's any real answer for Kyle Korver," Vogel said, then credited Korver's abilities as a basketball player and his high IQ. "We've got the utmost respect for Kyle Korver and George has done the best he can. He's battling like crazy and he's got to continue to do that." Indianapolis Star

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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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Whether Vogel would still be "safe" if the Pacers lose this series to the Hawks or fail to at least get back to the conference finals remains to be seen. Sources told ESPN.com this week that coming back to win this first-round series -- with Game 3 and 4 looming in Atlanta -- would not automatically ensure Vogel's return next season. ESPN.com

After taking a 40-12 record into All-Star Weekend -- which put Vogel in charge of the Eastern Conference All-Stars -- Indiana posted a mediocre 16-14 mark after the break. The Pacers then opened the playoffs with a humbling home loss to the Hawks after saying for days that they were looking forward to the postseason as a chance to wipe the slate clean. The decision on whether to retain Vogel at season's end ultimately rests with Bird, but sources insist that frustration throughout the organization has been mounting thanks to a nose dive that began in February with a loss in Orlando just before the All-Star break and has shown few signs of abating. ESPN.com

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