Pacers Mull Replacing Vogel With Larry Bird?

There’s a chance, albeit a small one, that Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird takes over the coaching duties from Frank Vogel before the playoffs begin, as Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star tells Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe in a video interview. Kravitz pegs it as a 5% chance, and cautions that the notion doesn’t come from Bird himself.

Bird told Kravitz nearly a month ago that he thought Vogel wasn’t pushing his players hard enough, and the Pacers have continued their surprising downturn. Indiana was 42-10 before the All-Star break, but the team has gone just 13-13 since and fallen behind the Heat for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The decline has been mystifying, and Bird’s midseason acquisitions of Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum haven’t panned out.

Vogel has turned the Pacers around after taking over the team for the final 38 games of the 2010/11 season, guiding them to the playoffs that season and every year since. Indiana was a game short of the NBA Finals last season, when Bird took a one-year hiatus from his job in the front office. Bird also coached the franchise within a game of the Finals in 1998, the first of his three-year tenure on the bench. His final season as coach ended with a trip to the 2000 Finals, which Indiana lost to the Lakers.

It would be surprising if the Pacers were to bring Bird back to the sidelines for the postseason, as Kravitz suggests. Even if such a move doesn’t happen, it looks as though Vogel’s job security will be in doubt unless Indiana makes a deep run in the playoffs.

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12 thoughts on “Pacers Mull Replacing Vogel With Larry Bird?

  1. Kevin6CD

    Maybe Larry Bird should look inward and realize that he made a poor trade. Turner is a slight improvement over Granger at this point, but was it worth messing wtih chemistry? Nah. Hope Bird does go to the sidelines, the Pistons could use Frank Vogel.

    • Martin

      chemistry? LOL! oh boy this narrative pumped out by pyscho babble loving beat reporters continues to gain traction…It’s a talent and execution issue. Granger is finished. It’s a shame, but it’s real. Knees are shot. All the card playing, goofing off, and whatever else goes into ‘chemistry’ doesn’t mean jack squat ON the court.

        • Martin

          That’s the point. Granger is useless on the court now. His knees are shot. He can’t get minutes with the Clips either. What are the Pacers missing? Granger’s 28% FG%??? Yay chemistry!

          • Kevin6CD

            Granger’s FG% in LA is higher than Turner’s in Indy. Try not looking at last year’s numbers.

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