For the rest of this season, Frank Vogel will be the guy with the audition to be the next head coach of the Pacers. He’s the interim head coach and if he can get this squad to show real improvement he’ll get to come back and sit in the big chair next season.
The more likely scenario is the Pacers will go out and try to get a new coach.
Mike Brown, the former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers let go after last season in a series of desperation moves to appease LeBron James, likely will be the Pacers first target, according to the Indianapolis Star. Brown was a former Pacers assistant coach.
Brown is a defense-first coach. He had the Cavaliers playing well at that end of the floor (despite then GM Danny Ferry continually giving him not great defensive players like Shaq and Antawn Jamison to work with). Brown would bring a new identity to the Pacers, one that does get results.
But the bigger question is who will be making the call on the next coach: Is Larry Bird coming back as general manager? His contract is up and it is unclear if Bird will be asked back, and even if he is he may choose to retire. If he is gone and a new GM has to be brought in, then all bets are off on the new coach predictions.