Rumors and speculations are now swirling with the Indiana Pacers star forward Paul George who is said to be leaving the team after the management fired coach Frank Vogel.
Pacers President Larry Bird decided not to renew Vogel’s contract after the team suffered a disappointing loss with the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoff series. Bird insisted that the team should switch to ‘small ball’ opposite to what Frank Vogel and Paul George did for the team.
“I would love him to be my coach, but it ain’t gonna happen because of our relationship,” Bird said.
Paul George managed to get his playing skills back after last season’s injury which resulted him playing only six games in the 2014-15 NBA season. He is currently averaging 23.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
Based on a report from SB Nation, Frank Vogel and Paul George expressed their discomfort with the system that Bird wanted for the team. Many have speculated that if Bird would insist a ‘small ball’ offensive strategy for the Indiana Pacers, there is a chance that Paul George will open up the possibility of being traded in the upcoming off-season since it is not the type of play that would fit him.
Vogel managed to bring the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs for five times in his six years of tenure with the team. The only season where they failed to enter the post season was when George suffered an injury. It is undeniable that Vogel’s team strategy is only effective with his star player Paul George. If Bird would insist his system, George will be having a hard time in terms of adjustment since it was not the type of play he knew he would excel.
After the Pacers fired Vogel, many NBA teams, who were looking for a coach, came to reach him out and expressed their desire to get the service of the veteran coach. Among the teams that are pursuing Vogel are the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks.
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