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Pacers' Vogel: Al Jefferson reminds me of Kevin McHale

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com
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J Pat Carter - AP
Miami Heat players Mario Chalmbers (15) and Chris Bosh (1) force Charlotte Bobcatd' Al Jefferson (25) to pass the ball off during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel was asked pre-game if Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson reminds him of anyone. Interesting old-school reply from Vogel:

“The coach of the Houston Rockets.”

Kevin McHale actually makes a lot of sense on a lot of levels. Like McHale had as a Boston Celtic, Jefferson has a multitude of moves, a full plate of ball fakes and is pretty much earth-bound, as far as playing below the basket. As Jefferson often jokes about himself, he plays an “old man’s game.”

Also McHale tutored Jefferson some when Jefferson played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

I asked a follow-up question of Vogel about how confounding Jefferson’s ball fakes are; how, no matter how often a defender has seen them, he still falls for them.

Vogel said as a coach you are constantly asking your players to contest shots. Suddenly against Jefferson, that’s more a liability than a plan.

“Now you’re telling them you don’t want them leaving their feet,” Vogel said. “It’s hard to change that in one day.”

Bonnell: 704-358-5129; Twitter: @rick_bonnell
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