Vogel talks state of the Pacers

Posted by C.L. Anthony on Thursday, April 03, 2014 with 1 comment
Perhaps the Indiana Pacers have righted the ship with their victory last evening over the Detroit Pistons but the remaining couple of weeks in the NBA's regular season will determine that.  Some called it a collapse while others called it a meltdown as the Pacers lost their grip on the Eastern Conference's number 1 seed to the Miami Heat after leading the east the entire season.  Stories of infighting arose and center Roy Hibbert accused others of being selfish.  As indicated before the sky was falling in Indiana and yesterday Pacers head coach Frank Vogel spoke out, effectively telling his team to remain quiet and team issues and also addressing if the Danny Granger-Evan Turner trade had something to do with the Pacers recent struggles.

"It was a weird thing. Roy said it a couple of days ago (after the Washington loss) and nobody really caught onto it until (recently). So I made sure to tell them that A) I don't believe we have 'selfish dudes' in our locker room and B) whatever you might want to say about your teammates, don't say it to the media. We have to get that stopped.''

On the Trade

"No, I don't think that's what's responsible for us struggling,'' he said. "I think the schedule in March would have beaten us down whether we made a trade or didn't make a trade. We had 11 games on the road this month. With 82 games, that's why it's so tough to win 60 games. Every team has stretches like this, some in December, some in January. It just happens that it's happening to us in March. I still think our guys really believe in what we have here. I think it's going to stabilize and turn around for us.''