The Indiana Pacers did not re-sign head coach Frank Vogel to a new contract, ending his tenure with the team after six seasons. The latest NBA rumors suggest that the New York Knicks might be interested in signing Vogel to become the 28th head coach in franchise history.
Pacers president Larry Bird announced Thursday that the team will not extend Vogel’s contract with the team. The 42-year-old head coach spent six seasons in Indiana as their head coach and had a winning record of 250-181.
“I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the Simon family, Larry Bird, and the entire Indiana Pacers organization for giving me the opportunity to serve as the head coach of this team for the past six seasons,” Vogel said in a statement via Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star.
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He now becomes one of the best young head coaches available in the market and the Knicks could be a potential suitor. After the news of Vogel’s release broke out, the New York Media urged Knicks president Phil Jackson to immediately sign him before another team swoops in.
However, the New York Daily News reports that Jackson has not indicated if he is interested in Vogel. The Knicks president is currently on vacation in Montana.
The frontrunner to become New York’s next head coach is still interim head coach Kurt Rambis, who led the Knicks to a 9-19 record after taking over in February. Rambis also has a career coaching record of 65-164.
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Former Knicks head coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Pitino told the New York Post in an interview that Vogel is the perfect coach for the Knicks. He described him as a basketball “junkie” and could adapt to any situation.
“Frank would be a perfect fit anywhere. He is so adaptable, so even keel. Frank never gets too high, never gets too low. Frank could coach anywhere. He could coach Sacramento. He could coach New York,” Pitino said.
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