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On the Airwaves: Vogel discusses offseason, Granger, Hibbert

Pacers coach Frank Vogel had a speaking engagement at the JCC of Indianapolis on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. To help promote the event and catch up with everything going on in Pacers land, Vogel was a guest on the ‘Grady and Big Joe Show’ on ESPN 1070 The Fan. While on the show, Vogel’s refreshing humor came out on a number of items.

Big Joe: ”I understand you are going to have this sit-down that’s somewhere between a Barbara Walters and Inside the Actors Studio. What is this all about?”

Vogel: ”I thought we were calling it ‘The Decision.’”

Listen to Vogel’s appearance in the embedded media player at the bottom of this post, or click here, and read his full comments below:

On playing pickup games this summer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse:

“I did that one time and realized I shouldn’t be doing that too often.”

On the moves around the league this offseason:

“Well, I think the first thing you have to mention is Chicago. Everybody forgets about the former MVP of the league three years ago (Derrick Rose) coming back and should be at full strength. They were right behind us last year without him. We feel like we’re improved but we definitely think the job that Coach Thibodeau does up there, they’re going to be a contender for the No. 1 seed. Along with Miami as well, and certainly with what Brooklyn has done, not just in bringing in (Paul) Pierce and (Kevin) Garnett, but bench guys like Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko. And I think Jason Kidd is going to be a heck of a coach. So those two will be much improved, the Knicks are going to be really strong again and you got a lot of up-and-coming teams as well.”

On the Pacers’ moves this offseason, including a trade with Phoenix for Luis Scola:

“Yeah, it was a big time trade. All of our players were just so excited. They know what it’s like to play against Luis Scola. He’s going to find a way to out-fox you. He’s got all the tricks, all the savvy, all the fakes and [he's] one of the most deceptive players in the game. To bring somebody like that in here, who also plays with the energy of a Tyler Hansbrough or somebody like that, is really going to bolster are bench.

“Solomon Hill looks to be ready to go right now, ready to contribute right away. C.J. Watson we think is an upgrade at backup point guard. Obviously the guy that was killing us in the Knicks series, Chris Copeland, bombing them threes. You can never have enough shooting, especially with a guy as tall as he is. Oh, and by the way, there’s a guy named Danny Granger that is coming back to our team, too.”

On Granger:

“It’s really exciting. Danny is on schedule, looks really good, he’s making progress each week and we’re hoping that were going to be having  a full-strength Danny Granger this year to add to this team that made a lot of noise last year.”

On pictures of Roy Hibbert looking jacked:

“I think he’s got some photographers from Men’s Fitness on there doctoring them up or something because he looks pretty big in those pictures, doesn’t he? Naw, I’m just kidding. I saw him yesterday in my office. He’s really bulking up and really excited about just being even more of a physical presence, especially on the offensive end — really pounding defenders down low and playing our identify of smash-mouth basketball.”

On what he’s up to before training camp begins Sept. 28:

“We’re going to take some down time the rest of this week and Labor Day Weekend, try to get away a little bit. Starting after Labor Day, that’s when most of our guys are going to be back in time and really going to pick up the intensity of our workouts and have that built up up to training camp and get everybody ready to go!”

On what it’s like traveling and staying in Philippines and Taiwan for preseason games:

“We were in Beijing two or three years ago and we’re going back to Taipei this year. Certainly high-class amenties from the hotels, and all the transportation and everything. The NBA really does it first class and they really take care of us. Manila is really a beautiful city from what I hear, so we’re looking forward to going over there and to Taipei, and spreading some Pacers fanfare around the world.”

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Scott Agness is in his second season as a multimedia contributor for Pacers.com. He delivers articles, blog posts, interviews, and videos. He is a graduate of Indiana University where he was part of broadcasts on the IU Radio Network, Big Ten Network, IUHoosiers.com and WIUX. He is the founder and editor of VigilantSports.com.

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