Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 9:20 am  |  16 responses

Frank Vogel Says He Meant No Disrespect to LeBron James and Miami Heat

After the media used his words to fire up LeBron James, Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel quickly and wisely moved into damage control mode prior to the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. Vogel says he didn’t mean to disrespect LeBron’s team. Per the Indiana Pacers’ website and the Miami Herald: “With the news in the sports world yesterday of LeBron James taking exception to Pacers head coach Vogel’s alleged ‘just another team’ quote in reference to the Miami Heat, Coach Vogel responded (Monday) morning. ‘Sorry sports world, the words ‘just another team’ never came out of my mouth,’ he said. ‘Great respect for LBJ and the champs. Looking forward to [a] great series.’ [...] Vogel then made the rounds on South Florida radio stations WQAM and 790 The Ticket to address the issue further. ‘There’s no lack of respect there, and I think it was just a quote taken out of context,’ Vogel said told WQAM. Said Vogel to 790 The Ticket: ‘They’re the defending champs, and they’re better this year than they were last year. No, they’re not just another team.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    can they play already?

  • Jay cuyler

    How is the quotes taken out of context if there is an electronic record of what you said.

    Reminds me of all those “I’m not a racist; that comment about black girls being nappy headed hos was taken out of context”

  • Redd

    Got punked.

  • Redd

    Got punked.

  • Redd

    Yeah how come Spurs are at Game 2 but these guys haven’t even played yet.

  • Redd

    Yeah how come Spurs are at Game 2 but these guys haven’t even played yet.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    he’s scared

  • Lloyd

    C’mon Frankie, retracting that statement makes you look weak.

  • bike

    Man, I long for the days of nasty, filthy trash talking.

  • shockexchange

    Vogel didn’t disrespect anybody. When “The Kang” said “We’re no average team. You don’t prepare for us like you prepare for an average team,” he wasn’t talking to Vogel. He was actually tryna get himself to believe it. The Kang is a ‘lil unnerved by the Pacers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    Very professional, coach. Leave the trash talking to the players.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    whoever relayed Vogel’s words to LeBron is to blame here. And LeBron himself for believing what he’s told without actually hearing it.
    LeBron was fooled. Whoever fooled him is a genius.

  • def80s

    No one disrespects THE KING! even from the opposing coach lol

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    Vogel said “They’re just the next team in our way.” And that was flipped into “The Heat are just another team.” It was totally taken out of context.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I gotta assume its a scheduling conflict with some other event at Miami’s arena, otherwise it makes no sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Dont know why he even chose to dignify this.