Pacers players want Frank Vogel as head coach

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Pacers players want interim coach Frank Vogel to get the full-time gig.

Now, it's up to team president Larry Bird to make a decision.

It's been more than a month since the team's season ended and the waiting game continues.

Bird has called Vogel the favorite from the beginning of the search, and the team has had several conversations with him. He took over for Jim O'Brien at midseason, went 20-18 to close the regular season and led the team to its first playoff berth since 2006. Pacers players who participated in a charity softball game for the Indiana Children's Wish Fund say they like him.

Indiana was interested in Mike Brown, but the former Pacers assistant and Cleveland head coach took the head job with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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