Biggest Coaching Fails of 2012-13 NBA Season

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Biggest Coaching Fails of 2012-13 NBA Season
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel knows NBA sidelines have no room for thin skin.

His decision to bench Roy Hibbert on both of the Miami Heat's final two offensive possessions in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals has been examined from every angle imaginable since Tuesday night.

Those in agreement with his idea to replace the lumbering seven-footer in favor of smaller, quicker defenders (first Tyler Hansbrough, then Sam Young) say that's simply how you have to defend Miami's versatile offensive weapons.

The Heat flanked MVP LeBron James with four shooters, and Hibbert didn't have the quickness to check any of them. With only 2.2 seconds left on the clock for Miami's final trip, denying initial penetration and contesting a jumper (neither of which are Hibbert's strengths) trumped protecting the rim.

As for those who said he got it wrong, the majority in this debate, they said there's no excuse for removing an intimidating rim protector when the league's best slasher was clearly going to be the focal point of the offense. James exploded for a driving layup on the first chance with 10 seconds left on the clock, then did the very same thing to beat the buzzer and seal Miami's 103-102 overtime victory.

Vogel himself appeared to be a part of the latter, saying after the game that if presented with the same situation again he "would probably have (Hibbert) in the game," according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

Just how bad was Vogel's decision in Game 2? Bad enough to crack this list, but far from the worst coaching fail of the 2012-13 NBA season.

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