Indiana Pacers' Frank Vogel Will Coach Eastern Conference All-Stars

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers coaches against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 18, 2013 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Frank Vogel might have stiff competition in the race for Coach of the Year, as a number of old favorites and first-year pacers of the sideline have been spurring their teams on to greatness, but he has no worries about one honor. 

According to Sean Highkin of USA Today, Vogel, representing the Indiana Pacers, will officially be coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars: 

With a resounding 116-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings, the Pacers moved to 30-7 on the season, giving them a three-game lead over the Miami Heat for first place in the weak East. And by doing so, they helped Vogel clinch the honor of calling the shots for LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and all of the other standouts who earn invites to New Orleans

Erik Spoelstra coached the squad last year, so he's ineligible. And it's not like he's going to have to worry about anyone else, as the 19-17 Toronto Raptors lead the rest of the pack and are more than 10 games behind Indiana. 

The Pacers coach didn't have much to say about himself after the game with Sacramento, but he did praise his team:

And it's a team that has been quite successful since he took over. As the official release from pointed out, "Vogel owns a 141-81 (.635) career record as Pacers coach." 

There's no doubt that's an impressive mark, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be 1-0 or 0-1 while in charge of the All-Star squad. Given the strengths of the NBA's two conferences, he might have his work cut out for him.