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Frank Vogel let go by Pacers

Frank Vogel had a lot of success in Indiana, but because he wasn't willing to adjust his philosophy the Pacers choose not let his contract run out.

Frank Vogel had a lot of success in Indiana, but because he wasn’t willing to adjust his philosophy the Pacers choose not let his contract run out.

Sometimes a successful team just needs a new direction of “new voice” as Larry Bird put it when he announced the decision to part ways with head coach Frank Vogel by not renewing his expired contract.

Vogel had a lot of success in his five and a half seasons with the Pacers after taking over a team that was mentally beat up by Jim O’Brien in 2010. Vogel took over as the interim coach. He wasn’t supposed to be the long-time solution for the Pacers, but he surprisingly guided them to the playoffs and Bird has no choice but to give him the full time job.

Since taking over the Pacers, Vogel has gone 250-181, won two Central Division titles and went to the conference finals twice. But the team has really changed since he took over, and it was his unwillingness to change his style that ultimately led Bird to parting ways with a very successful coach.

Vogel built a powerhouse on a dominant defense with Roy Hibbert anchoring from the inside and David West with him making it impossible for teams to go in the paint. But while the Pacers missed playoffs last year could be excused with the injury to Paul George leaving the team without their biggest star, the Pacers did not adapt this past season without having Hibbert or West on their roster anymore.

Bird wanted the Pacers to play faster so they could better utilize their offensively-minded players; George, Myles Turner, Monta Ellis and George Hill. Vogel wanted to stick with his defensive scheme even though the game is changing and his team lacked elite defenders.

With George picking up right where he left off coming back from his injury, the Pacers got back to the playoffs and really pushed the Toronto Raptors in their first round series, but never really had a shot to push for a spot in the Eastern Conference finals, much less a title. A different direction might be what they need to get over the hump and the Pacers should be a very attractive job with so much talent returning.

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