Frank Vogel Rumors
Vogel will require a bigger adjustment Friday night. Vogel will face his former team, the Indiana Pacers, for the first time. “It’s going to be weird, but I really want to have a lot of fun with it,” Vogel said. “It’s going to be good to see a lot of my old friends — current friends, I should say — to have them all in town in my new digs here. I’m excited about it.”
Vogel: I think positions still matter in today’s NBA. But he’s comfortable playing both. You’re correct in your assessment that he’s going to be playing mostly small forward on this team. That’s something I’m excited about because I’ve always been able to build some really solid defenses, and the foundation of those teams was defensive length and athleticism. This is what we’re going to have with this club, with either Vuc or Bismack Biyombo at the five and Serge Ibaka at the four and Aaron Gordon at the three, you’ve got a really long, athletic front court, which I think is necessary if you want to be a great defensive team.
From the outside now, what are your thoughts on what they’ve done? Vogel: Well, they’ve got some firepower. There’s no doubt about it. I think Myles Turner is a big, big key on that team. How well he develops in his second year will be a big factor in how far they go, but adding Jeff Teague and having Monta Ellis come back alongside Paul George and Thaddeus Young — they have a chance to be a great running team. Al Jefferson and Aaron Brooks off the bench give them a lot of firepower. So they’re going to be deep, they’re going to be athletic, and they’re going to be a great team.
Magic executives and coach Frank Vogel expect Biyombo to thrive as leader, which is a reason why the team signed him to a four-year deal worth $17 million per season. The massive contract shocked many people within the league, partly because the Magic roster already included Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic. But Magic officials think Biyombo, 24, is about to blossom and will provide passion and toughness. “He’s a defensive beast,” Vogel said.