Frank Vogel Option For Knicks?
The New York Knicks coaching search may have been made a little bit easier on Thursday, should Phil Jackson get the best coach on the market and not a guy that is centered around coaching the triangle offense.
The Indiana Pacers and head coach Frank Vogel parted ways yesterday, putting one of the better young coaches out on the market. Vogel was 250-181 in the regular-season and had a 31-30 playoff record, losing in Game 7 of the first round to Toronto this season.
"Decided it's time for a new voice around here," president of basketball operations Larry Bird said. "Sometimes my job really sucks. I had time to think about it and watch the team throughout the year. I had higher expectations than most people on how our team should play. I came to a conclusion it's time for these guys to hear a new voice. Made a decision not to renew [Vogel's contract]."
The Knicks would be an interesting fit for Vogel. Known for being more of a defensive minded coach, Vogel would be a great coach for Kristaps Porzingis. Look at what Vogel has done in developing players. Remember Roy Hibbert? Lance Stephenson? Danny Granger? Vogel found a way to get the best out of each of those guys. Look at what they did once they went elsewhere? Practically nothing.
Vogel will develop Porzingis on both ends of the ball, which is exactly what the organization needs. The Knicks and Phil Jackson have been given another opportunity after letting Tom Thibodeau go to Minnesota. Vogel is the next best option now on the market, it would be a mistake not to snag him up.