“That’s a long story you’re getting into there,” I was warned as I asked Vogel that question at the Pacers’ shootaround on Tuesday morning at MSG.
Indeed, it is.
Vogel, who finished a distant fifth in voting for Coach of the Year honors, isn’t a former NBA player.
He is, however, a former Division III, pre-med varsity point guard with a 2.6 GPA (“That was not going to get me into med school,” he told the Indiana Business Journal) who realized as a junior in college that his future didn’t belong in scrubs so much as it did in sneakers and shorts.
Hard work, passion and unwavering commitment, combined with serendipity, can be just enough – more than enough – to help someone reach their dreams.