Frank Vogel, head coach of the high-flying Indiana Pacers, has been given the job of coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars, following his franchise’s 116-92 victory over Sacramento.
The Pacers’ win ensured that they are guaranteed to have the best winning percentage in the conference by February 2, giving Vogel the position. Of course Erik Spoelstra, of the Miami Heat, would have been a viable option as well, but due to the fact that he coached in last year’s game he is ineligible.
Vogel himself was quick to play down the personal achievement, insisting that it was the combine efforts of a number of personnel that lay the foundations for what has been an exceptional season for the Pacers thus far.
“'My name is on the release, but this is recognition of our team's success,'' Vogel said.
''It's a team honor and I'm really excited about it.''
The Pacers’ coach’s selection will undoubtedly see him working with the likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, whilst his more familiar figures Paul George and Roy Hibbert could make the cut, having amassed a healthy amount of votes so far.
Next up for the Pacers are the New York Knicks tomorrow night.