Frank Vogel is already one of the league's best up-and-coming coaches. He took over the Pacers in the middle of the 2011 season and went 20-18, helping guide Indiana to its first Playoff berth since the shameful and embarrassing "Malice at the Palace" and the darkest days in the franchise's history.
It almost sucks to bring it up because Vogel and the Pacers are the exact opposite of what that team came to represent.
Vogel guided the Pacers to a five game loss to the Bulls in the first round. But the foundation was laid. And basketball appeared to be back in Indiana, the state that claims basketball has a more special meaning than any other.
Vogel seems to be the exact guy the Pacers would want as a coach. Seemingly serious minded, down to business and extremely sharp. This might be his first ever head coaching experience, but you would not be able to tell that from the way he talks about his team, the game and the task ahead of him and his team.
"We do no...