Frank Vogel has agreed to become the Orlando Magic’s head coach. The former Indiana Pacers coach was also interviewed by the New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson, but Vogel finally reached an agreement with the Magic to take charge as the new boss at Orlando.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel was the first to report on Thursday that Magic has finalized about Vogel as their boss. Now the former Pacers coach will be replacing Scott Skiles, who was a surprise hire in 2015. He resigned earlier this month.
Robbins pointed out: “Team officials sped up their search because Vogel had received interest from three teams with coaching vacancies —Memphis Grizzlies, the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks.
Vogel, 42, fits the profile Magic officials set for Skiles’ successor: someone who emphasizes the defensive end of the court and someone who relates well to players.”
Vogel was Indiana Pacer’s head coach from the 2011 season. He led the team to the playoffs this season, but couldn’t cross the hurdle of a first round of the postseason. He was fired surprisingly by the Pacers‘ management shortly after the end of the season for his team.
Vogel is renowned as one of the best defensive coaches in the NBA circuit. The 42-year-old led Indiana to become the third-ranked team in the NBA in that regard in this season. His team also secured the back-to-back top rank as the defensive team of the league in 2013 and 2014.
Adrian Griffin was the challenger of Vogel for the Magic’s head coach’s post.
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