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Pacers head coach Frank Vogel sits down with Brooke Olzendam to discuss taking the reins of an NBA team.
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Over a couple that. Definitely in the right direction with the coaching search is enough and frankly this team where we wanna get I'm excited to do to continue to represent this team. It's going to be a fun and exciting era -- basketball. It's going to be fun when you're name's Alex. I feel like. The incredible you know I mean I've -- really -- really wanted it. From them you know. Mainly from the perspective about a fellow with fifteen so much in over the last few years we are building towards something. And we really bond and connected toward the end of this year had a strong finish. And really want the opportunity to. You know take it to the next level and is well is just you know with my -- and I love it out here in Indianapolis. And just gave me the opportunity to stay here. Playoffs for the first time since 2006 that had to be. There's pride at the front prior feeling when that happened for you. Yes it was you know it's it's kind of like somebody asked when I first took over. Not sure what's which -- -- was but what would it mean to. You know take over take his team back for the playoffs where they should be. And I I likened it to. You know all those things in hoosiers they give you chills you know no matter how many times you watch a movie you get chills that's it that's what we like about as they were doing and that's exactly what it was. That's what surprised me so much. It really is a religion here in Indiana basketball -- you hear it all the time to put it up but soon as you get here you realize is that true. Yeah -- live and breathe basketball out here and it's it's more important to people here than anywhere in the country really anywhere in the world. So to be able to be you know head coach in their -- especially. And at such a young age of course -- edge does that give you. I don't really know I mean I think. You know probably. Inexperienced enough to not take it too seriously. You know and I can I've got. Relationship with our players that most coaches don't. Don't get a chance to have because of you know my age and you know growing up near the same time frame is there's a lot of these guys so I think that can give you mentioned in some ways. We started young as a video coordinator I mean from the ground up. It's such an amazing journey that you had did you ever think you'd get -- so quickly. I never thought I'd even be in the NBA. I was playing division three basketball and I just want to. Find a way to work in basketball full time and you know way to do that was not division three right away you have to be a part time assistant whatever. So I mean it is. Decision to transfer to Kentucky just elected. You know get my feet wet and maybe get a job and the ones on Sunday at any level -- -- I would be an extremely thrilled with and but with three years later on the video coordinator for the Boston Celtics was pretty amazing. Who has been when you look up to you in the years coaching we'll look up. Well you know the numbers at the top two guys. You know by a large -- our -- Rick Pitino Jim O'Brien no other in the guys that. To a facility in my move two Kentucky. Coach O'Brien gave me my first rate convincing -- to take me on -- -- student -- manager and video assistant. And you know what richt is down in Kentucky when he took over that program that was on probation. And you know came that would and we and we're gonna win right away and we're gonna do with -- by out working everybody. And I have a positive mindset positive energy. And it really was this story to follow it and that's that's the approach that I've always envision taking with whatever team it took over. I would feel if that's a little bit this year. And you know that's a style that's. It's you know stay with me forever. Coach O'Brien. It is is obviously you know Rick inspired me sort of make them beat. But coach Ryan has sort of been with me every step awaits him. You know he's responsible for everything one -- my promotions from you know becoming of the new coordinator to. Become resistant coat behind events and then on the front of the bench and Reid assistant and putting really putting my premium position for all of this to happen. You learned from all those guys and I'm sure a few others on but what about you personally what do you bring to coaching -- vocal. Well I think every coach is brings their own personality. You know and I'm sort an optimist you know high energy type of enthusiastic kind of guy and someone that's. And try to be genuine with the players you know I'm not sort of it -- -- come in and and be a drill sergeant. But -- with taking guys who look you know here's what we gotta do to help you succeed the most. To help -- sixty the most you know -- wanna. I want to be almost like a partner to these guys in and you know my biggest job is to -- parts together so that we -- strong team.