According to “IndyStar.com” the Indiana Pacers may be on the verge of making Frank Vogel the team’s permanent head coach. Vogel succeeded Jim O’Brien after the Pacers fired him in the midst of the campaign and took them to the NBA Playoffs. The Pacers gave the Chicago Bulls a tough time in the first round before the Bulls eliminated them. The report states that Vogel has to submit a list of assistant coaches to Team President Larry Bird who will then pass the list to Team Owner Herb Simon. If the list is approved the report says Vogel will get the gig.
The paper says that Vogel will retain current assistant Dan Burke and he wants to bring aboard former NBA head coach Terry Porter, current T-Wolves assistant John-Blair Bickerstaff who is under contract to Minnesota until June 30, and possibly former NBA player and coach Sydney Lowe. Bird apparently has told Vogel that he wants experience in the two assistants he chooses. The Pacers are reducing their number of assistants in the upcoming season to just three after previously employing five. There have been reports that center Roy Hibbert among other Pacers players have expressed their support for Vogel.