Paul George thanks former coach Vogel for the "journey and memories"

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Despite being fired as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers last week after six seasons in charge, Frank Vogel can look back on his time at the franchise with his head held high after several proud accomplishments with the team.

Vogel won the most games of any coach in Pacers history and led the team to two Eastern Conference finals appearances along the way.

One of the 42-year-old's biggest achievements in Indianapolis, though, was turning Paul George into a true superstar.

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Vogel was an assistant coach with the Pacers when George was drafted in 2010, before taking the head coaching reins in the player's sophomore year in the league.

Under the guidance of Vogel in his six campaigns as the coach, George became a three-time All-Star, the Most Improved Player in 2013, earned multiple spots on the All-NBA team and was on the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2014.

The two men developed a close relationship and in a special Instagram message, the Pacers star paid tribute to his former coach.

The post read: "To one of the most influential men in my life! Our relationship and love doesn't end here.. Thank you for the journey and the memories we shared together! This pic sums up our relationship the best.. You talk I listen... And we figure it out together! Look forward to the wink the first basket I make while you're coaching against me #Togetherness"

Moving on

The decision not to renew Vogel's contract will not have gone down well with George and so it's up to the Pacers front office to convince their star player that they made the right choice by bringing in a suitable replacement.

President Larry Bird has made it clear he is keen for Indiana to play a more up-tempo style of basketball and become more of a force on the offensive end of the court.

The likes of Mike D'Antoni, Jeff Hornacek, David Blatt and Mark Jackson have been linked with the vacant position in the last week and having had a big say on the decision to make a coaching change, Bird will be under pressure to get it right.

This summer will be an important one for the Boston Celtics legend as he will be tasked with personnel recruitment, both playing and coaching staff, that will determine what Indy can achieve next year.

Having revealed his frustration at the team's lack of scoring during the season and especially in the playoffs, Bird will be responsible for rectifying that by bringing the right players in during the offseason.

For Frank Vogel, though, a return to coaching seems to be on the horizon with reports emerging that the New York Knicks have reached out to him and are interested in entering into discussions about their vacant coaching spot.

If his former coach decides to take his talents to the Big Apple, Paul George may not be waiting too long before he makes his first basket against him.

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