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Vogel and Bird met today



Mike Wells gives us a few updates on our coaching search via Twitter.

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeWellsNBA/status/76015627436957697

Frank Vogel, the leader for the Pacers head coaching job, has to change his staff and hire 3 assistant coaches, according to sources.

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeWellsNBA/status/76016261624102912

Former head coach Terry Porter and Minnesota assistant John-Blair Bickerstaff are candidates Vogel's interested in, according to sources

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeWellsNBA/status/76016805667282944

Former Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen, who is from Terre Haute, is also a possibility, according to the LA Times.

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeWellsNBA/status/76036641554305024

Vogel was told - again - about having to hire new assistants coaches if gets the job during a meeting w larry bird today.

I don't want to jump to any conclusions, but this seems pretty far into the process for a guy that's just the "lead candidate," despite what the company line's been. 

Some info on the potential candidates;

Porter is a guy I'm sure most of you remember, he had a 17 year playing career and was an All Star twice.  He spent a year in Sacramento as an assistant for Rick Adelman before getting the head coaching job in Milwaukee in 03/04, going 41-41 in his first year and 30-52 in his second.  After being let go there he went to Detroit to serve under Flip Saunders for a year.  He then took over for Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix, going 28-23 before he was fired and replaced with Alvin Gentry.

John-Blair (JB) Bickerstaff's the 32 year old son of longtime NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff.  He played college ball at the University of Minnesota.  He got his start serving under his dad in Charlotte for two years and has spent the last three in Minnesota in a player development role under Kurt Rambis and Kevin McHale.

Frank Hamblen is a long time NBA assistant, currently the longest tenured in the league.  He's been on staff for 5 championship teams.  He's spent the last dozen years in Los Angeles under Rudy Tomjonavich for a short stint and of course some Phil Jackson guy.  Before that he assisted under Jackson in Chicago from 96 to 98.  He's had two short stints as a head coach taking over for Del Harris and Tomjonavich midseason, he has a 33-71 record as the head man.  He's been in pro coaching for longer than many of us have been alive, 42 years.  I think it's safe to say he'd bring quite a bit of knowledge, pedigree, and experience to an otherwise very young staff giving Vogel a great guy to lean on when things get a bit hairy.

It's expected Dan Burke, being the company man he is, would be retained.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd be pretty happy if that ended up being our staff.  And as always, thanks to Mike Wells for keeping us informed.

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