Perhaps the most interesting part of the 13-minute interview came when Mike Greenberg asked him about the pace of play and lineup changes that were allegedly at the core of the problem between Vogel and Pacers President Larry Bird. Vogel said that not only were those media talks inaccurate but that the two shared the same philosophy. “That’s a misconception about this whole view. Larry and I have been very well aligned all the way through these six years, including the decision to try to play faster and smaller this year,” Vogel said. “This is not something I was resistant to. It’s a style of play I’m going to try to implement with the Orlando Magic. … There was a lot made about Larry vs. Frank and the differences. But throughout the whole process, we were very well aligned. ‘It wasn’t about difference of opinion or difference of philosophy. It was about change.”
Magic point guard Elfrid Payton just completed his second NBA season and could be one of the players who benefits most from the coaching change. Vogel loves defensive-minded players and wants Orlando to run an up-tempo offense, so Payton should thrive. In a phone interview with Basketball Insiders, Payton discussed the Vogel hire and more. “I’m pretty excited,” Payton said of Vogel coaching the Magic. “I trust Rob, so whatever he’s with, I’m with. … Coach and I spoke briefly. Everybody [on the team] seems pretty excited about the hire.”
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