Steve Gansey excited for opportunity to coach Pacers’ Summer League team

Updated: July 6, 2018
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As the dust begins to settle in regards to free agency, most of the attention has transitioned to NBA Summer League, which began in both Utah and Sacramento for some teams earlier this week. The Las Vegas Summer League tips off on Friday.

For the most part, Summer League is essential not only for rookies and second-year players, but for up-and-coming coaches as well. It was first reported by ABC 21’s Dean Pantazi that Fort Wayne Mad Ants head coach Steve Gansey has signed a two-year contract extension with the team.

In addition, Gansey will also receive the opportunity to coach the Indiana Pacers‘ Summer League team this year. As you can imagine, it’s an opportunity that Gansey is excited about and he hopes to gain a lot out of the experience. We were able to ask Gansey how he feels getting his contract extension right before the start of Summer League.

“It feels great. I’m grateful for the Pacers’ organization to have me lead the Mad Ants along with the Pacers and continue to develop our players again, these next two years.”

Gansey isn’t entering this summer with overbearing expectations on himself. He just wants to help the players improve.

“[I] just want to continue to grow as a head coach. Being put in different situations in Summer League will ultimately help me grow closer and develop our draft picks and continue to do my best to win basketball games here.”

Of course, the objective of Summer League is to develop both the players and coaches. Gansey has a very talented young group on the roster, and some that he’s already familiar with.

Alex Poythress, Edmond Sumner, Ben Moore, Travis Leslie, TJ Leaf and Tra-Deon Hollins have all spent time in Fort Wayne with coach Gansey. Most of the attention, though, will be on rookies Aaron Holiday and Alize Johnson. It’s obviously key for these guys to learn as much as they can prior to camp this fall.

The Pacers will get the Las Vegas Summer League started at 3:00 p.m. ET against the Houston Rockets. It will be televised on NBA TV.


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