Larry Bird, Indiana Pacers president, said they won’t be renewing Frank Vogel’s contract on his end-of-season press conference at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Thursday.
The announcement follows a string of changes the Indiana Pacers has been doing in accordance to Bird’s vision to transform the Pacers as a fast-paced team.
Delivering the news, Bird took a record time of 24 minutes explaining his decision of not carrying on with Frank Vogel as the team’s head coach despite Vogel’s track record for the Pacers, Indy Star reports.
Here are the top 5 key statements Larry Bird said during the conference.
“It’s time for a new voice around here,” Bird said. “Sometimes my job really sucks and this is one of the toughest things I’ve done because of the respect I’ve had for Frank. I’ve had time to think about it and watch the team throughout the year.”
Last year was a year of change for the Indiana Pacers. From Paul George being benched for the majority of the season due to his leg injury to rebuilding the whole team, signing up Monta Ellis and even buying their own development league in the form of Fort Wayne Mad Ants, it seems President Larry Bird was just warming up.
“He’s going to be missed. He’s a good guy, he’s good for our community.”
With these words, Larry Bird definitely sealed the deal. Vogel is not coming back for Indiana Pacers though Bird is keen to meet Vogel again as part of another NBA team.
“Good coaches leave after three years.”
Bird mentions his experience playing for a string of coaches who performed well but were still dismissed. He doesn’t think Vogel keep really focused, new voice and new strategy will keep their attention longer.
“I’d like score more points than what we’re scoring than this year.”
Larry goes on to tackle their efficiency ratings going up by only one point, fast break stats and the like, crediting Monte for leading fast breaks. But he wants to see Pacers play farther into the playoffs.
“He’s the best. He’s been in our community and a lot of people know him. Great man and a great leader. He will do fine. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to his next job and he’s the real deal. He’s a good man.”
Asked what he will say in his recommendation for Frank Vogel, he commends the guy for his abilities but at the end of the day, it seems Frank Vogel just doesn’t fit Larry Bird’s vision for the Indiana Pacer so now he must go.
You may watch Larry Bird’s full press conference statement released by NBA here.