It must be painful for Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers to be watching the finals and for good reason. He obviously feels that his Pacers, and not the Miami Heat, should be playing the San Antonio Spurs for the NBA crown.
But it’s a good pain to have and hopefully, it will give Vogel motivation to work even harder with the Indiana front office in putting together the lineup that will supplant the Heat as the top team in the NBA East. Vogel, in his second season with the Indiana squad, did an excellent job in the playoffs. No one thought the Pacers could do as well as they did against the Heat.
The late season collapse that put the Pacers out of the running for the No. 1 seed wasn’t a good idea. Vogel and the Pacers must put together a blueprint that will give Indiana a shot at the No. 1 seed in the East. Doing so would make it easier for them to go for an NBA crown.
Vogel wants to be the first Indiana coach to bring a title to Pacer country. That would be no small achievement considering all the past Pacer coaches that haven’t been able to do this such as Larry Bird, Larry Brown, Rick Carlisle, Jack Ramsey and Isiah Thomas.
The NBA draft and offseason transactions will be very critical in determining if Vogel has the material to coach Indiana to an NBA title. It’s no secret that a weak bench didn’t help the Pacers’ cause against the Heat. The team needs to go nine to 10 players deep. Danny Granger‘s health could also be a key, although Vogel should not be relying on him right now.
Having Granger return to the lineup should be seen as an unexpected bonus.