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Erik Spoelstra laments the "sad state of the coaching profession" after Frank Vogel loses his job

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The Indiana Pacers announced on Thursday that they would not be renewing the contract of head coach Frank Vogel after six seasons with the franchise. 

The decision was made despite Vogel having the most wins of any coach in Pacers history, posting a record of 250-181 during his time in Indianapolis. 

Pacers president Larry Bird revealed the news in a press conference on Thursday saying: "It's time for a new voice around here."

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The news of Vogel's departure was met with shock across the NBA as the 42-year-old was perceived to have overachieved with an Indiana team short on talent, taking them to the playoffs.

Aside from Paul George, Monta Ellis and promising rookie Myles Turner, the Pacers didn't have the strongest roster in this campaign and it seems Vogel paid the price for Bird's high expectations of the team after they were eliminated in the first-round of the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors.

Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra - who came up against Vogel on three occasions in the playoffs, including two Eastern Conference finals in his time in Indy - gave a damning assessment of coaching in the league at the moment. 

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"That's a sad state of the coaching profession right now," Spoelstra said, per the Miami Herald. "That's why it's fairly easy for me to feel grateful for being part of this organisation for 21 years...You don't get [the] opportunity [to succeed] when you're making changes all the time. I probably would've been fired two or three times in a different organisation."

Spoelstra has been in charge in Miami for the last eight years, making him the longest-tenured in the Eastern Conference, something which he isn't proud of at all.

"That's very disturbing, actually," Spoelstra said. 

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The second longest-tenured coach in the east is Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors who has been at the helm for six years. 

Casey - who is currently going up against Spoelstra in the conference semi-finals - echoed the sentiments of his counterpart and was full of praise of the job Vogel did in Indiana.

"Our business is tough. I texted him and told him to hang in there. You hate to see another coach lose their profession, lose their job at any level," said the 59-year-old.

"That's the crappy part of this thing. He'll land on his feet. He's a good coach. He's an excellent coach...[The Pacers] have been one of the top defensive teams in the league over the years while he's been there. Again, the grass always look greener on the other side." 

The comments by Spoelstra and Casey display the strong sense of solidarity there is in the league between all the coaches and the respect they have for each other despite being in direct competition night in and night out.

With vacant coaching positions at the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, it certainly won't come as a shock to anybody if Vogel returns to the sidelines again next season.  

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