Indiana Paces coach Frank Vogel closed up shop on the season by addressing the media on Tuesday morning. As expected, with the disappointing series loss to the Heat in the rearview mirror and a little time for perspective on the season to sink in, Vogel was quite positive about the past season, his team and the future.
He made a point to remind everyone that he STILL hasn't had a full NBA season thanks to the lockout stunting his first real season. So he feels his young team is still just scratching the surface without a chance to fully implement his system of play. It will be nearly impossible to bring back the same roster even if both the players, coaches and management really wanted to make it happen.
As for Vogel, he'd be happy to give it another go with the same team.
"I think you have to look at what's available more than what we need," Vogel said about potential changes. "I think we have no holes on our team. We're solid throughout. As you look at guys are available, you see if that's an area that makes sense to upgrade that position or whether it's just the bench in general or your starting core in general. You're really good right now. You don't want to change things up and hope to get better. You want to try to be smart about it and see what's available."
When pressed on making tough choices on changing the roster, Vogel stuck with his theme of potential and growth.
"I'd like to have the exact same team we have right come back, to be honest with you," Vogel said. "Because I think we're really good right now and I think we have a tremendous potential for growth within, with the guys that we have on the current roster. Certainly we're going to look at everything that's out there and these guys have done a phenomenal job of making smart decisions with this franchise. So we'll look at everything. But I just think with the youth that we have on the roster, my system being a young system and this year, David West is not a young player but he's new to this team. George Hill is really not a young player, but he's new to this team. You give those guys another year to grow together and I just think we have tremendous potential for growth."
Plenty of good stuff from Vogel on looking forward to building a consistent winner that is in the mix for deep playoff runs every year. You can check out the videos of Vogels press conference at Pacers.com.