Indianapolis, IN - According to a RealGM Staff Report, the Indiana Pacers improved to 30-7 with their victory over the Sacramento Kings last night, but they also clinched the All-Star game coaching role for their head coach Frank Vogel. The Eastern Conference All-Star team will be coached by Frank Vogel, as Miami Heat coach Erick Spoelstra is ineligible to coach this season. It isn’t a huge deal, but the Pacers are beginning to become more well known each and every week it seems.
Frank Vogel is receiving yet another honor that will simply add to his growing legacy. He took over the Pacers in a very messy situation halfway through the 2010-11 season, and since then Indiana has grown and improved each and every season. The team looks up to their coach and trusts him, and are very vocal about their support of Vogel.
Not only has Vogel helped the Pacers to a 30-7 record and earned the All-Star coaching honor, he is also putting his name in consideration for the NBA’s Coach of the Year award. There are quite a few analysts that believe there isn’t another choice at this time other than Terry Stotts in Portland, but Vogel seems to have the edge at this time. It will be interesting to see what the Pacers’ record is towards the end of the season.
All that being said, this is a very big honor for Vogel, who is excited about the opportunity. What remains to be seen is how many of his own players he will be coaching in the All-Star game. Both Paul George and Roy Hibbert are receiving a high volume of votes, and Lance Stephenson also has a chance of being voted in as an All-Star reserve. This is certainly a very exciting time to be an Indiana Pacers fan.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.