Celtics Notebook: Frank Vogel has guidance for Brad Stevens on Hayward front

Tuesday, 07 November 2017, 11:39:33 AM. ORLANDO, Fla. — Frank Vogel didn’t need to be asked. The Magic coach — and former Celtics assistant and video guy — was leading the Pacers when Paul George broke his leg in a national team scrimmage three years ago. He had a flashback when Gordon Hayward fractured his ankle in the season opener.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Frank Vogel didn’t need to be asked. The Magic coach — and former Celtics assistant and video guy — was leading the Pacers when Paul George broke his leg in a national team scrimmage three years ago. He had a flashback when Gordon Hayward fractured his ankle in the season opener. “I was watching the game, so the first thing I thought about was Paul and what that felt like and what my experiences were like,” said Vogel, who developed a strong friendship with Brad Stevens when the two were coaching across town from each other in Indianapolis. “So I shot (Stevens) a text and kind of said, ‘I’m here if you need anything.’ “He called me the next day and said, ‘Tell me everything — everything that you went through from beginning to end and I’ll see how it applies.’ So I just tried to lend a helping hand.” If Vogel hadn’t reached out first, Stevens would have. “I thought that that was probably early on a guy that I would reach out to, just because he had an idea from a coaching standpoint of what it was like day to day,” Stevens said before the Celtics’ 104-88 win over the Magic. “It wasn’t just about what Paul could help Gordon with, with what he was going through with the injury, but also how we could best brainstorm to keep him as engaged as possible. “You know, Frank’s been a guy that has been really good to me all the way through, and I’m appreciative of that. So I knew that when I called he’d have great ideas.” One of the major ones involved keeping Hayward...Read more
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