Pacers coach Frank Vogel gets mistaken for Brad Stevens, a lot
While dining at Abe & Louie's in the Back Bay on Thursday (the night before his Pacers were set to play the Celtics at the Garden), Indiana's coach Frank Vogel apparently had a rather awkward case of mis-identity with both a fellow restaurant patron, and his waiter. From ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:
"You the new coach?" the man asked. Vogel nodded, but politely noted that he'd actually been a head coach in the NBA for the better part of three years. That only perplexed the man, who wondered out loud about how that could be if the Boston Celtics had only this summer hired their new head coach. "I'm not the Celtics coach," Vogel explained for the second time that night, having been mistaken for Brad Stevens by his server a short time before. Such are the perils of being a fresh-faced professional basketball coach. The 40-year-old Vogel admitted the error happens even more frequently in Indianapolis given 37-year-old Stevens' success at Butler University.
While it's not all surprising that he would go unrecognized, Vogel actually began his NBA career here in Boston; first as the head video coordinator under Rick Pitino, then as an assistant coach for the Celtics from 2001-2004.
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