When Frank Vogel looks at his new Magic team, he's instantly reminded of the club he took over on Jan. 30, 2011 — the Pacers.
That helps explain why Vogel agreed Thursday to become Magic coach. Orlando officially announced the hire Friday.
"I believe in the young core that they've put together here," Vogel, 42, told the Orlando Sentinel. "I feel like they've gotten some of the growing pains out of their system, as you deal with in any kind of rebuild situation.
"The team really reminds me of the team I took over here in Indianapolis, with the young Paul George, Lance Stephenson and Roy Hibbert. Those guys hadn't really seen success at the NBA level, and we were able to just bring a positive energy-and-enthusiasm type of approach to the young talent that they had and we watched them grow. It was really special. I see a lot of similarities with the depth of the young talent that we have on this roster."
He said he plans to transform the Magic into a top-10 defense. How? "A little bit of discipline, a little bit of hard work and a little bit of inspiration," he said. "Most of these guys want to win, and they've got to be shown the blueprint. The plan is in place. The system is in place. The drill work is all in place. It's proven itself over the last few years. My sense from this team is that they've very, very hungry to take that next step. That's part of what excites me about this team. I feel like I have a formula to provide a good defense, and I've got some hungry guys to go out and execute it."
Magic general manager Rob Hennigan said in a statement: "While we were conducting our search, it became very evident that Frank is a terrific fit for our organization."
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