Four minutes into his season-ending press conference, Pacers president Larry Bird addressed one of the dumber story lines of Indiana's tumultuous year: Frank Vogel's job security. For weeks, rumors had circulated, rumors fueled by Indiana's end of the season struggles, that support for Vogel in the front office was waning, that Bird was enamored with the idea of replacing Vogel with the recently fired Mark Jackson. Addressing a roomful of local reporters on Monday, Bird was emphatic: Firing Vogel was never an option. "There was never any doubt," Bird said. "When the media 800 miles away or a thousand miles away writes a story and everybody gets excited about it, it makes no sense to me. If you had come and asked me, I would have told you. His job is safe. His job was never in jeopardy. The day [the rumors] happened, I went down to Frank and all his assistants and I said, 'Hey, I want you all back next year.' That was it for us."
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