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Peck
02-11-2013, 03:15 AM
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The Chris Mannix Show
2 hours ago
From the Show: Indiana Pacers Coach Frank Vogel

Chris Mannix: Paul George, big difference maker for you guys this season. Since Danny Granger went out, his offensive numbers are up, hes been a defensive stopper for you. Has it just been a natural progression with this guy, or is there something more that you point to as to why Paul George is a better player this year.

Frank Vogel: I think hes grown each of the first couple years that hes been in the league. When he came into the league, he was just kind of a rookie trying to find his way. We noticed some defensive instincts that quite frankly you cant teach, and we kind of groomed him to be that defensive stopper using his length. But also hes got incredible feet in terms of moving and keeping his man in front of you, ball containment-wise. And the offense was just kind of something we viewed as a bonus the first couple of years.

But hes really worked extremely hard on it. Going from year one to year two he really worked on his catching and shooting and three-point game. And then from year two to year three, just being a multi-dimensional threat post up, you can get him in the mid-post isos, pick and rolls. Hes really become a very good pin down shooter, and obviously with Danny being out this year, it hasnt been a great thing for our team, but maybe a blessing in disguise in terms of Pauls development.

Mannix: Along those same lines, Frank, Lance Stephenson has been a real solid player for you this year, especially on the defensive end, keeping you guys at the top of the NBA in virtually every major statistical category defensively. My question for you is, I know you were high on his talent even as far back as last year why wasnt he in the rotation last year and what has been the difference of getting him in the rotation this year?

Vogel: Well, you know hes a young player, and like all young players, for every good thing that they do, theres usually a mistake that neutralizes it. We saw a lot of that the first couple of years. This was the year that, going in to year three, his mistakes started to come down a little bit, and you become more of a solid rotational player. Were going to give him the opportunity to be more of a rotational bench player, our backup shooting guard.

With Danny being out, hes sort of been force fed some minutes, and hes really solidified himself in terms of limiting those mistakes, being a disciplined defender, playing within himself on the offensive end, and really has been just a big time surprise in just his efficiency offensively, leading our team in a lot of areas, like field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage or at least near the top. Like I said, staying within himself with his passing and his discipline on the defensive end.

Mannix: You know thats twice now in the first two questions that weve mentioned Danny Granger, and hes expected back sometime around the All-Star break. My question for you is, when he comes back, on his minutes and his playing time, obviously they cant come at the expensive of guys like Stephenson and George, because of the way theyve played this year. Whats your plan for how to incorporate Danny Granger back into this lineup?

Vogel: Well were gonna let him have a little bit of a buffer period. Dannys not going to come back from this injury and all of a sudden be playing 40 minutes a game. So, you know, over the next two to three weeks to a month, well be increasing his minutes incrementally over that time. Ive been overplaying Paul George. Ive been playing him basically 43 minutes a game for the last six weeks or so. Thats too much for anyone.

Were not trying to bring Pauls minutes down to 30 or anything like that. We want to keep him up near the league leaders. But were definitely going to keep Paul and Lance and Danny at least in a three-man rotation. Weve got some other wings that can play too, so well be looking to get them minutes as well.

Mannix: Well get you out of here with this Frank. Roy Hibbert has not been the same player offensively at least that he was last year. How do you explain his struggles on the offensive end and what do you think is going to be the best way to get him out of those struggles and back to the player he was last year?

Vogel: Well I think hes already begun returning to that player. Hes shown over the last six weeks or so a return to being a low post scorer, a low post threat down there, finishing stronger at the rim. You know I think early on there were a few factors that led to his struggles. One, he signed a big contract, I think he was putting a little too much pressure on himself to produce and it was counterproductive.

The other thing, Danny Granger being out, again missing him, the defenses collapsed more. We had less of a threat on the perimeter, more double teams in the post, which limited him. And I think just the bullseye on his chest from being an All-Star last year, he became the focal point more of defensive game plans. I think a lot of those factors contributed to it. But hes on his way back and the fourth thing that we didnt really talk about is, David West is a different player this year than he was last year. You know he struggled with coming back from an ACL last year, was playing but was not really one hundred percent. This year, hes a beast. Between Paul George and David West, theyve been getting the ball and the touches. So I think thats been a factor in Roys numbers as well.

wintermute
02-11-2013, 03:56 AM
Mike Wells calls Chris Mannix a Frank Vogel fanboy on twitter. No relation to this thread, I just find it funny :)

Solid and informative interview, regardless.

Heisenberg
02-11-2013, 04:11 AM
Mike Wells calls Chris Mannix a Frank Vogel fanboy on twitter. No relation to this thread, I just find it funny :)

Solid and informative interview, regardless.
Wells and Mannix seem to have a pretty good rapport, just razzing kinda stuff, just to make it clear. Besides, there's no reason not to be a Vogel fanboy really.

wintermute
02-11-2013, 05:12 AM
Wells and Mannix seem to have a pretty good rapport, just razzing kinda stuff, just to make it clear. Besides, there's no reason not to be a Vogel fanboy really.

Yeah, I know. Actually Mike seems to have a good relationship with a lot of other sportswriters.

Since86
02-11-2013, 11:14 AM
Pacers need a coach that actually knows what he's talking about. Lance to go to a rotational bench player and/or backup shooting guard? How awful of an idea.

Trader Joe
02-11-2013, 11:16 AM
Who are the youngest coaches to 100 wins in NBA history?

Unclebuck
02-11-2013, 11:24 AM
does anyone really think teams double teamed Roy more this season? I appreciate Frank saying it and I like how he always protects his players in the media, but I don't think teams are double teaming Roy more, in fact I think they are double-teaming him less. They are fronting a lot less too, most teams try to push him out as far as possible before he gets the ball, but once he gets the ball it is one-on-one

wintermute
02-11-2013, 11:34 AM
Pacers need a coach that actually knows what he's talking about. Lance to go to a rotational bench player and/or backup shooting guard? How awful of an idea.

I don't think that's what he said at all. The question was, why wasn't Lance in the rotation last year if he's so good? And Vogel's answer is that they planned all along to give him a rotation spot this year as backup SG. Then Granger went down, and Lance was force fed minutes instead. (After Green and Young got their chances of course, but Vogel didn't mention that.) Lance obviously responded well, and Vogel had some very complimentary things to say about Lance.

Going forward, all Vogel said was that Granger, George, and Stephenson will be a 3 man wing rotation. Don't see anything wrong with that.

Hicks
02-11-2013, 11:42 AM
does anyone really think teams double teamed Roy more this season? I appreciate Frank saying it and I like how he always protects his players in the media, but I don't think teams are double teaming Roy more, in fact I think they are double-teaming him less. They are fronting a lot less too, most teams try to push him out as far as possible before he gets the ball, but once he gets the ball it is one-on-one

I thought I noticed defenses focusing on Roy to start the season, but gradually that's backed off as he has struggled.

Since86
02-11-2013, 11:48 AM
I was being sarcastic anyways, and it really just comes down to what you think the contraction "we're" is. If it's "we were" then you're right, if it's "we are" then it's more towards how I read it.

I took the next line of comments, about force feeding him (lance) minutes, as an indication that he's been getting more minutes than he's really ready to handle at this point.

Kid Minneapolis
02-11-2013, 12:01 PM
We're is never a contraction of "we were". It's always "we are".

wintermute
02-11-2013, 12:53 PM
We're is never a contraction of "we were". It's always "we are".

It's a transcript though. I'm not sure that I would make fine distinctions based on that point.

Maybe you and Since are right. But the context seems to make more sense the way I interpreted it.

Cousy47
02-11-2013, 01:10 PM
I thought I noticed defenses focusing on Roy to start the season, but gradually that's backed off as he has struggled.
I agree with that. I think a lot of teams were focusing on Roy the first part of the year. Now it seems to me they are backing off that a bit because of West aaaand Roy's numbers are climbing again. Damned if you do, damned if you don

McKeyFan
02-11-2013, 01:17 PM
Pacers need a coach that actually knows what he's talking about. Lance to go to a rotational bench player and/or backup shooting guard? How awful of an idea.

Well many of us were calling for Lance to start at the beginning of the season. West said we would be at the top if he had.

Vogel gets a lot of things right but not everything.

vnzla81
02-11-2013, 01:23 PM
does anyone really think teams double teamed Roy more this season? I appreciate Frank saying it and I like how he always protects his players in the media, but I don't think teams are double teaming Roy more, in fact I think they are double-teaming him less. They are fronting a lot less too, most teams try to push him out as far as possible before he gets the ball, but once he gets the ball it is one-on-one

You are right, even the Bulls had Boozer guarding him one on one.