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New York Knicks have reportedly reached out to Frank Vogel
- Updated: May 7, 2016
Frank Vogel was recently fired from the Indiana Pacers despite having a .580 winning percentage and making the playoffs in five of his six years, but this year the Pacers fell to the Toronto Raptors in seven games. That must have been enough for president Larry Bird felt that was not good enough and let go of Vogel.
There are a few openings in the NBA and the New York Knicks are looking at Vogel to replace Derek Fisher who was let go during the season, and replaced by Kurt Rambis on an interim basis. Rambis is still in the running to to get the job and is considered one of the top choices.
It begs the question if Vogel knows the triangle offense that Knicks president Phil Jackson will want to implement. Marc Berman of the New York Post first reported the interest.
The Knicks have made contact with the agent for Frank Vogel, but have not yet requested an interview, according to a source close to the former Pacers coach.
According to the source, Knicks GM Steve Mills has done his due diligence in contacting Vogel’s reps. He expressed that Phil Jackson has not made a decision on how to proceed. The key to the exploratory phone call was finding out whether Vogel would have interest in the job, and it seems he does.
Jackson has already stated that he wants someone that will run his infamous offense, and a coach he knows. Vogel worked with the Lakers years ago as an advanced scout within the organization. As for how much the two worked together was probably not a lot but he is familiar with the triangle not just with the Lakers, but he also ran a version of that while he was the head coach at Indiana.
Vogel is also being considered for the Rockets job, and that might be a better situation than the Knicks.