Pacers give Vogel a contract extension
by Mike Wells, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS — Coach Frank Vogel has been rewarded for leading the Indiana Pacers to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
The Pacers announced today that Vogel has received a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Vogel, who took over for the fired Jim O’Brien in January 2011, is 62-38 as coach.
He turned around a team that was beat up mentally by O’Brien and led them to the playoffs that season where they lost to the Chicago Bulls 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
The Pacers surprised fans by finishing with the fifth best record last season and getting to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2006 season. They lost to the Miami Heat, who play Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 4-2 in the second round.
“This is a good deal for Frank and the franchise,” Pacers president Donnie Walsh said in a statement. “Frank has done a great job turning our team around since he became coach and deserves the chance to continue the work he and his staff have started.”
The Pacers (20-14) are currently in first place in the Central Division, a half game ahead of the Chicago Bulls, despite being without Danny Granger, who has led them in scoring each of the past five seasons, all season because of a knee injury.
“We’ve established a great connection with our community the last two years, both on and off the court and I look forward to continuing that,” Vogel said in a statement.
Mike Wells writes for the Indianapolis Star