Last night's interview of Vogel reinforced a question I've been wanting to post for a couple of weeks.
He was asked about his main influences or mentors, and he named Rick Pitino and Jim O'Brien.
Pitino was all about working harder than anyone else, outlandish optimism, etc., while with JOB he mainly talked about how he got all his opportunities and chances through Jim. Nothing about coaching or basketball.
Truly one of the most remarkable developments in Pacer nation the past year has been the fact that JOB was replaced with his #1 disciple . . . who coaches completely opposite, it seems.
Just to name of few things:
- Vogel truly emphasizes defense over offense, it's not just lip service.
- Vogel has replaced all the complex weird over-thought out schemes with more simple, workable, realistic strategies.
- Vogel believes positive reinforcement is more powerful than being a hard @ss.
- Vogel demands good shot selection and immediately dethroned 3-ball.
There's more, I'm sure. But here is the question: what GOOD did JOB bring to the table for Frank Vogel? Is there anything noteworthy other than a negative example?
I can think of possibly a couple things: a strong work ethic in practice. And not letting prima donnas run the team.
But there has to be more. And I am truly interested in the answers.