NBA Rumors: Lakers Sack Frank Vogel

The Los Angeles Lakers’ season didn’t go the way anyone would have hoped, and Frank Vogel is bearing the first real consequences. So after rumors throughout the year that it will be As expected, the team finally pulled the trigger on the move, and will walk away from the head coach who won the title less than two calendar years ago.

Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story right as the last bell sounded in the team’s 33-49 season.

I, ah, feel like he might find out sooner then now, wooge! Especially considering that the report came before he even reviewed it in the post-match game.

But even outside of the team’s disappointing season, the writing has been on the wall that the organization hasn’t been fully committed to Vogel for a while now. After whispers that they either won’t give Vogel an extension into the final year of his deal, or won’t extend it beyond one year, the team announced their extension at a news dump on Friday night, the first sign that it was something they were up to. You try to sweep under the rug instead of deciding to party.

Soon, the (expected) report that followed that the extension was actually only one year made Vogel (actually) a poor coach. They previously hired an assistant coach beloved by LeBron James in David Fizdale – whose ex-small ball attacking philosophies fit better on this list than Vogel’s love for long ball – did little to quell the speculation. By the middle of the season, there were several leaks indicating that Vogel was about to be boxed at various points, and that he would have already been dumped if Jason Kidd was still on the bench. The team couldn’t wait until the season was over to leak that their decision had already been made, so it’s no surprise that news came so quickly after it was officially over.

So, in short, this wasn’t a totally unexpected end to the always arranged and awkward marriage between the Lakers and Vogel, who didn’t really look like the team’s first choice from start to finish.

Now, that doesn’t mean Vogel did himself many favors during the truly miserable 2021-22 campaign. A complete overhaul of the team’s offensive system so that there’s no continuity for a roster that’s already lacking may have been a mistake in the past, but what loomed on the horizon was Vogel’s early, dogmatic and often dizzying level of commitment to a big squad with DeAndre Jordan as the starting center in hopes of restoring shape to the season. The regular that the team found with Anthony Davis Stadium/Gaville McGee from the 2019-20 season, though Davis has expressed a willingness to play a midfield this season.

Instead, Vogel started Jordan in 16 of the Lakers’ first 23 games before playing with him only 12 times in the rest of the year before Jordan was cut mid-season. The Lakers eventually committed to the little ball only when Vogel was ill with the COVID-19 virus, but eventually got back to their start at the worst possible time: in the team’s last meaningful game of the year, with Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley starting alongside Russell Westbrook and the duo Returning LeBron James and Anthony Davis are loathsome from the starting set, loved only by a coach who cares little about the level of shooting necessary for success in the 2022 NBA.

As a result, the team lost to the Pelicans, and their fate was decided. The game – marked by lethargy, a lack of offensive creativity and a collapse in the fourth quarter – was essentially a microcosm of the 2021-22 Lakers Cup.

Now, some of the choices that Vogel has consistently won over by his biggest critics may have been the front-office edict, but he certainly didn’t. You have to be Jordan’s resurrected remains stumble there if wanting to be big early on, and the team doesn’t You have To prioritize shooting in their formations as little as possible as they did. They didn’t have to be overly sensitive to switching, or to steer drivers toward rim protection that wasn’t present in small lineups. they did not You have To play Avery Bradley This is amazing Much.

This team—and it turns out, Vogel in particular—didn’t have enough margin for error to make up for all of its self-inflicted errors, mistakes that so drained team spirit and self-belief that they basically gave up about the All-Star break, no longer committed to playing serious basketball And the consistently focused coaches they clearly considered more than just a replacement teacher to eventually replace, a replacement most of them would not be around to see as a result of their actions.

Now, to be as fair to Vogel as possible, injuries to the team’s flankers to start training camp made it difficult for the team to fully and effectively embrace the little ball’s identity, and Rob Pelinka and Kurt Rampis built that team up to acquire the adult Talen Horton-Tucker and Trevor Ariza It’s only 36 because the wing options outside of LeBron are also worth checking out here.

However, Vogel didn’t necessarily help himself get off to a good start, even if there was a deeper context as to why he was headed in the direction he did, the direction that got him a metaphorical lunch at Chik-Fil-A now.

There will be cries (and they’ve been there all year) from the national media, maybe even local cries, that this is unfair. Vogel got a crude deal. That he did not establish this team, and certainly was not leading the task to trade with Russell Westbrook. And a front desk that gave him a roster as inappropriate as possible to play in his chosen style might have made him fail. On a human level, she certainly wasn’t very considerate.

But, if anything, it’s easier to say the team should have let him go sooner. It wasn’t the heavyweight Lakers’ job to build around their head coach. Vogel’s preferences will never be at the top of the totem pole. That’s not just how the NBA works. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Rob Pelinka Westbrook, and a team full of approved buckets all wanted. Fair or not, Vogel’s job was to improve this pool. He didn’t, and now he’s gone.

Make no mistake: Vogel is a good coach, and his frenetic defensive style will always be something Lakers fans should thank for the team’s dominant run to the 2020 title. But as the team leaned more toward a young ball style focused on attacking to save their stars as they got older, he fell short. Vogel schematically or periodically about finding a way to coach the team he had rather than the team he wanted. It was ultimately a big part of his championing, even if roster decisions that were out of his hands played a role in those failures.

And at one point, it was clear that the front office just wanted to do this. It is better to remove the bandage than to pull the mess if they have already made up their mind. Even if they could wait until Monday — or at least until after Vogel’s post-game squeeze — every training decision the system made, from juggling Ty Lue, to forcing Jason Kidd onto Vogel’s team, and even awarding Vogel just a three-year deal before One year on, reluctantly, they showed how much they felt with training. So even if Vogel isn’t the only problem, it’s clear that firing him and getting a new sound is the next step as the team tries to move on from a year everyone will want to forget.

With Vogel gone, it’s unknown exactly where the team will go from here, and who will take on the task, but Quin Snyder, Doc Rivers and other familiar faces are expected to be candidates. As the hours, days and weeks go by, more will certainly emerge about the reasons for that decision, but it has always felt inevitable that Vogel will be a scapegoat if this season doesn’t work out. Front desks, however faulty, do not fire or reset themselves. All that remains is whether this coaching change can actually fix anything, or if much of the same institutional rot that has led to this always embarrassing season will judge the next Lakers coach as well.

This evolving story will be updated with more information.

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