by Kent Sterling
There are a lot of guys who talk the talk about holding players accountable and enforcing a culture that is equal parts hard work and having fun. They are everywhere in every business, but the measure of a culture in sports is counted not in smiles, but in wins. Smiles tend to come with wins.
The Pacers have taken enough positive steps since coach Frank Vogel began his run as head coach of the Indiana Pacers that when he talks, people tend to listen.
I spoke to Vogel yesterday about the Pacers rise to prominence in the NBA, as well as his own improbably rise – only improbably because of the path he took – not the potential he had to run things.
It’s a credit to the Pacers that they took a chance on Vogel, and to Vogel that when the opportunity presented itself, he was ready to capitalize on it.
The Pacers are where they are as a very young and successful team in large part to the consistency, organization, and enthusiasm Vogel brings to his gig.
You can hear all of that listening to the interview, which can be heard in its entirety Saturday on “Ahead of the Curve” with Hagan and Sterling from 11a-1p. Great lineup this week with C.J. Watson, David West, Vogel, and soon-to-be Pacer Chris Copeland.