Frank Vogel Rumors
Hezonja credits his former Magic coach, Frank Vogel, for lifting his minutes and moving him from small to power forward last season. He has bulked up to 230 pounds from 190 as a rookie, making him now a better candidate as a smallball 4. “Versatility,’’ Hezonja said on his best quality. “I have [my] major, best minutes at the point forward or what the new NBA calls it. I really like Frank Vogel’s decision to put me there. In my first two seasons I covered five positions on the court.”
Josh Robbins: Matt Hill, the lone assistant coach retained by the Magic from Frank Vogel’s staff, will join the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach. Hill got his start with the Magic in 2012 as a video analyst in the basketball operations department.
Tommy Beer: Eastern Conference Coaches who led their teams to 50+ win seasons before getting knocked out by LeBron & Company in the postseason: * Dwane Casey (2017-18, 2016-17 Raptors) * Mike Budenholzer (2014-15 Hawks) * Tom Thibodeau (2014-15 Bulls) * Frank Vogel (2013-14 Pacers)
The Suns reportedly have conducted or will conduct interviews with several other candidates, including interim coach Jay Triano, former Memphis coach David Fizdale, Utah assistant Igor Koskoskov, former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, former Orlando and Indiana coach Frank Vogel, former Houston coach Kevin McHale, former Cleveland coach David Blatt and San Antonio assistant James Borrego.
Phoenix is also expected to interview former Memphis coach David Fizdale and former Charlotte coach Steve Clifford. ESPN reported that Phoenix also has had informal conversations with former Orlando and Indiana coach Frank Vogel and ex-Cleveland coach David Blatt. A Suns source said Phoenix has not ruled out any candidates and will have “many conversations” with prospective coaches.