According to an insider, the Lakers may change coaches.
The Los Angeles Lakers desperately need a healthy LeBron James, but head coach Frank Vogel is under pressure to turn things around once the team is back to full strength.
According to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, if the Russell Westbrook trade fails, Vogel could become the “scapegoat.”
“His [Westbrook’s] inability to secure the ball could be the team’s Achilles’ heel in the playoffs,” Pincus explained.
“However, the Lakers have a few months to work out their problems.”
Will this be enough to keep Vogel employed, or will he become the scapegoat for events beyond his control?
The team recently re-signed him to a one-year contract extension that did not guarantee him a long-term job.”
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Vogel’s contract is only good for the season 2022-2023.
Vogel hasn’t had the same job security as some of his coaching colleagues.
Vogel signed a contract extension with the Lakers in August, but the Lakers only gave vague details about the deal.
Vogel only signed a one-year extension, according to Bill Oram, Shams Charania, and Sam Amick of The Athletic. This fact was left out of the Lakers press release.
It’s a crucial detail that makes it easier for the Lakers to part ways with Vogel if things don’t improve.
On September 27, Oram, Charania, and Amick explained, “It’s a robust collection of talent for Vogel to sort out.”
“For much of the summer, the third-year head coach’s contract status was a source of intrigue.
After helping the franchise win its 17th championship in his first year at the helm, Vogel was not rewarded with a contract extension after signing a three-year deal in 2019.
Despite playing without Davis for exactly half of the regular season, Vogel’s second season ended in a first-round flop, the Lakers coaching staff still managed to put together the league’s best defense.
“…Could Vogel really be expected to take on a team that could have as many as six Hall of Famers if he didn’t have job security to back him up?”
Vogel signed an extension with the Lakers on June 6, according to a statement from the team.
What was more important than what the statement said was what it left out…
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