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Frank Vogel earns nod as Eastern Conference coach for NBA All-Star game

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The Pacers 30th win of the season locked up a coaching honor for Frank Vogel who will now be busy during the All-Star break.

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Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel will lead the Eastern Conference team in the NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Orleans Arena.

Vogel locked up the honor after the Pacers pushed their record to 30-7 with a 116-92 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. The All-Star coach is determined by the team with the best record in each conference on Feb. 2, but Miami's Erik Spoelstra is not eligible this year since he coached the team last season.

The Pacers have more than a ten game lead on on the next teams in line (Toronto, Atlanta) so with ten games to play before Feb. 10, Vogel will get a chance to coach the league's elite in the NBA's showcase game in New Orleans.

No surprise that Vogel pointed to the success of the team and organization as a whole for him earning the honor to coach the All-Star game, but so much of the current success of the team and the culture of winning that's taken the Pacers to the top of the East is due to the efforts of Vogel. His 141-81 record since taking over a broken team from Jim O'Brien in 2011 has been a fantastic journey to follow and easy to root for along the way.

Congrats, Coach Vogel!