On Sunday night, in front of a nationwide audience on ESPN, the Indiana Pacers defended their home court by defeating the Chicago Bulls. In three games this season, the Pacers are undefeated against the Bulls. Sunday’s win helped to expose this small market team to a lot of unfamiliar NBA fans, as well as helping to give Indiana a big leg up in the Central Division.
The home win against the Bulls on Sunday also marked a milestone for Indiana head coach Frank Vogel. Vogel, who took over the head coaching job for the Pacers almost exactly two calendar years ago, reached his 100th head coaching win on Sunday night.
All of Vogel’s wins as a head coach have come with the Indiana Pacers. Vogel had previously been an assistant coach for the Pacers, working under former head coach Jim O’Brian, from 2007-2011.
With a dedicated young team, and a strong staff of assistant coaches by his side, Frank Vogel seems prepped to possibly be the head coach of the Indiana Pacers for a long time to come. His regiment of smash-mouth, no nonsense, no excuses basketball has had an infectious influence over his players.
The Pacers are a team that no one in the league takes lightly right now, and there is little sign that these ideals or attitudes will change any time soon. Frank Vogel deserves to be recognized for his accomplishments as a first-time head coach, and has definitely earned consideration for Coach of the Year.