OTHER than his talent for coaching, there’s one more thing Indiana Pacers mentor Frank Vogel is good at.
As a child, Vogel learned to spin the ball on his fingers and on certain objects including a toothbrush.
The 40-year-old Vogel actually excelled doing the trick it eventually led to an appearance in a segment called `Stupid Human Tricks’ in the David Letterman Show in 1986.
Asked about his special talent, Vogel was more than willing to talk about the matter before mediamen.
“I had a lot of time as a child so one of the tricks that I do to try to improve my ballhandling skills was to spin it on certain objects. So one time, I saw at a basketball camp someone spinning the ball using a toothbrush,” he recalled.
Vogel had since been hooked on doing it.
Here's a YouTube video of Vogel's appearance on the David Letterman Show as a child spinning a ball on the tip of a toothbrush while brushing his teeth:
When asked if he had taught the trick to his players at Indiana, Vogel let out a big smile.
“It is not something that I try to teach my players. You do a lot of shooting, passing, defending, and rebounding but not spinning the ball,” he laughed.
Vogel willingly presided over a coaching clinic for local coaches as part of the many activities lined up for the first ever NBA pre-season game in the country.
The Indiana coach admitted he is passionate about teaching the game.
“Teaching is like coaching. I always tell my daughters that I’m no different from their Math teacher or their Spanish teacher. I love sharing my knowledge to the players, see them improve on their game, and get the rewards for their hard work,” Vogel said.
“It is always a rewarding thing to teach.”