Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has yet to coach his team for even one practice as the official head coach thanks to the NBA lockout. It has to be driving him nuts on some level, but as you might expect, Vogel is making the best of the situation.
As we learned last week, Vogel and his assistant coaches spend time together go different situations and how to teach various aspects of the game in an attempt to learn from one another. The coaches talking among themselves is great, but Vogel is looking to learn from other head coaches, so he and the staff have toured the high-profile college hoops teams in the area to observe how they run practices, since the colleges have been having real practices with real players and everything.
Vogel explained this and more during an interview with JMV on Thursday. In fact, he was calling from Bloomington, taking a break from watching Tom Crean put the Indiana Hoosiers through their paces. Vogel mentionedd he has also watched Matt Painter's Purdue Boilermakers and Brad Stevens do his thing with the Butler Bulldogs. They've also taken in former boss, Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals and went back to Rupp Arena to watch the Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari.
As Vogel mentioned, that's a pretty diverse sampling of coaches and since he's only worked directly under Pitino and Jim O'Brien, it is nice to see how other head coaches handle practice and run drills.
Make sure you listen to the whole interview.