Jeff Van Gundy can be the ultimate advocate for coaches, but he made a good point on Wednesday. He said that rather than be on a hot seat, Frank Vogel should be given a contract extension and a raise for leading a team so obviously flawed and fragile as far as he has.
There has not been a rush to praise Vogel in the months since the All-Star break, but with all we have learned about the Pacers, Van Gundy makes a good point. He helped make this team look like a legitimate contender. He made it look better than it is.
But there is a general rule about public perception of coaches. Until a coach wins a championship, to the public, they lose games and players win them.
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