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Larry Bird says Frank Vogel is out in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Vogel will not return as Indiana Pacers coach next season.

Pacers President Larry Bird says the team will not renew Vogel’s contract for next season. Bird says he believes it’s time for a new voice to lead the Pacers, keeping with his long-held philosophy on short shelf lives for coaches.

Vogel was 250-181 in five and a half seasons with the Pacers. He led the team to the playoffs five times, including a first-round loss to the Toronto Raptors this season.

Bird says this is one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make in basketball. He calls Vogel “the best” but says he started thinking about making a change around the All-Star break.

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