Good news, NBA coaches. If you capture back-to-back division titles, reach two conference finals and earn the No. 1 playoff seed for just the third time in your franchise's history — all in three years — your job is probably safe. 

That's what Pacers coach Frank Vogel has accomplished since taking the job, yet his seat was somehow rumored to be hot. Despite a third straight playoff elimination at the hands of the Heat, who just happen to be the two-time defending NBA champs and have the world's best player in LeBron James, the Pacers "intend to bring back" Vogel, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, and his departure was never seriously considered.

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"You just have to go into the offseason with the mindset that we're going to reload. We have a core, a system, a culture that's going to give us a chance every year," Vogel said after Indiana's bizarre 2013-14 season came to a familiar end Friday night with another embarrassing loss at Miami. "We've got to make whatever adjustments we have to make to come back and be here again next year."

Now team president Larry Bird must spend the offseason trying to figure out what went wrong and what must be fixed. The team that looked like one of if not the strongest in the league to begin the season is clearly focused on the one task it hasn't accomplished — beating Miami to reach the Finals.

"I don't know what the future holds for us," forward David West said. "Obviously, everything starts and ends with the Miami Heat. You have to have a team that can get through a tough regular season but ultimately, you have to be able to beat Miami to get to the finals."

Vogel has led the Pacers to 42, 49 and 56 wins in his first three full seasons as coach, but those totals obviously mean nothing. There are plenty of other questions heading into what could be a turbulent offseason in Indiana. 

Will the Pacers re-sign free agent Lance Stephenson, their 23-year-old energizer whose erratic behavior became a major distraction in the Eastern Conference finals?

Could center Roy Hibbert be on the trading block after struggling through Indiana's confounding second-half swoon and nearly disappearing, at times, during the playoffs?

Might Bird make other moves to cope with the NBA trend of spreading the floor, add scorers or rebuild the bench yet again? Do the Pacers simply need more time to mature?

While those answers might not come for months, one thing is clear: Any moves will be made with that goal in mind — finding a way to get past Miami.

In all fairness, every team in the Eastern Conference must find a way to get past Miami, and the Heat are another championship

away from forcing us to include the Western Conference in that discussion, too. 

Contributing: The Associated Press