Bird unsure if Vogel will coach Pacers next season


Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird is still unsure whether Frank Vogel will return as coach in 2016-17.

The Pacers nearly pulled off a big comeback in game seven against the Toronto Raptors, but their effort fell short in the Eastern Conference first round.

Bird says he has not yet decided whether he will bring back Vogel, whose contract expires this off-season, for a seventh campaign following their 89-84 loss to the Raptors on Sunday.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Bird told the Indianapolis Star regarding his coach's future with the team.

What Bird does know is he was not pleased with the Pacers' scoring output, telling the paper, "You can't go very far in the play-offs if you don't score".

Bird said he intends to consult Pacers owner Herb Simon before making any decision on Vogel.

He said he did not have anything scheduled, but he would rather do it sooner than later.

"What I don't want to do is leave Frank hanging - there's other jobs out there he could get," Bird said.

Vogel has led the team to a 250-181 record in six regular seasons and the Pacers have been to the play-offs in five of those.

"Frank's a great guy," Bird said.

"He's going to be fine no matter what happens. If he's back, he'll be fine here. If he's not, he's not. We'll see."