The “Indianapolis Star” reported Tuesday that the Indiana Pacers will finally remove the interim tag from Frank Vogel’s job description, as they will officially introduce him as the team’s head coach at a press conference on Wednesday. The paper also stated that former Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw will be introduced as associate head coach. Vogel led the team to the Playoffs this past season after he replaced former bench boss Jim O’Brien who was fired during the campaign by the team. Team President Larry Bird and Pacers Owner Herb Simon required Vogel to submit a list of assistant coaching candidates before he was given the position.
Bird had stated since Indiana was knocked out of the Playoffs after giving the Chicago Bulls a tough time in the first round, that Vogel was the leading candidate to get the job. His only real competition for the position was eliminated when former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach and former Pacers assistant Mike Brown replaced Phil Jackson with the Lakers. Ironically, Brown’s hiring knocked Shaw out of Los Angeles as he was also up for the head coaching slot. Shaw had been endorsed by Kobe Bryant, but the Lakers decided they wanted an experienced head coach. The Pacers hiring Shaw reunites him with his former teammate with the Celtics, Larry Bird.