Looks like a Celtic reunion is bound to happen in Indiana as the Pacers are reportedly rumored to fire Frank Vogel that will give way for Kevin McHale to take over the coaching job with his former teammate Larry Bird manning the front office.
McHale as reported by Marc Stein stated that he is withdrawing from being considered as the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings, this after he was interviewed by the King’s top official including general manager Vlade Divac. No official word from McHale has been issued but sources told ESPN that McHale told the Kings’ management that he no longer wish to coach their team.
The Kings are in a transition this offseason as well as they are also looking for someone who will be able to handle the team from the bench and be able to tame DeMarcus Cousins as well. They have long reached out to McHale and other potential candidates that include David Blatt, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson and current Sacramento assistant Corliss Williamson. They have also had interviews with Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro and Mike Woodson and likewise granted permission from the San Antonio Spurs to meet up with assistant coaches Ettore Messina and James Borrego.
Over at Indiana, Bird did not want to discuss Vogel’s future on the eve wherein thy lost to the Toronto Raptors in a pivotal Game Seven. But Bird has hinted that he wants the Pacers to take an up tempo-like game exhausting the potentials of Paul George and the rest of the Pacers on both sides of the court.
The odds are favoring McHale, who could use his experience with the Rockets and try to develop the up tempo kind of game that his former teammate wants and that is what others consider as a major sign that Vogel’s is hitting the exit door this summer. However, Vogel’s fate is not set for doomsday as he could very well fit in the system which the Rockets would want as they too seek a new head coach and are waiting for Vogel’s fate.
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