Lakers vogel under fire: fans call for change of coach
To anyone’s surprise, Los Angeles Lakers fans were particularly upset on social media following Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Giving what could be the worst team in the NBA their first win of the season (after finishing 26, no less) is a great way to bring out the boo-birds.
And while the La La Land loyalists had a lot to blame themselves for in the wake of the setback, which sent the Lakers down to 2-3 in the campaign, head coach Frank Vogel definitely had the worst.
Vogel is, of course, less than two years away from helping the Lakers win the title. He probably gets a mulligan for last season too, with all the injuries that have happened. Still, barely a week after the start of the 2021-22 season, some fans are ready to kick him out of town.
Although much of what is currently plaguing the team can be attributed to people above their pay grade.
Lakers fans bury Vogel on Twitter
There are certainly things to be said about what Vogel can and cannot do in the Lakers’ squad. In the OKC loss, his team had two possessions in the last minute – just after the timeouts – with opportunities to tie the score at 118. The first saw Russell Westbrook go from 26 feet to just three. seconds of the shot clock and miss the shot.
This was followed in no time by Malik Monk’s ball recoil to 27 feet.
As former NBA goalie and ESPN analyst Tim Legler put it on the network Thursday morning, “I just thought they freaked out. They didn’t show any balance. And I thought Frank Vogel, coming out of two timeouts, ended up with a Russell Wesbtrook 3 pull-up and a Malik Monk 3 pull-up, with a ton of time to see if you can attack the rim, see if you could make it a 1 point match , I just did not understand it at all, their execution late in the game.
Whether written by Vogel or not, the fact that these were the shots the Lakers got on back-to-back crisis possessions is baffling. And fans are letting the Lakers coach hear it on Twitter.
“Vogel should be made redundant. You are down from 3 and you have Russ shoots a 3 to tie? RUSS? !!!! ” one fan tweeted.
“I am convinced that Frank Vogel is against the Lakers victory,” added another detractor.
“You have a team that doesn’t play defense and a coach who specializes in defense, horrible rotations and distraught in attack”Tweeted another fan. “Vogel is not the coach of this team. We won’t win the chip until they change coaches.
Then there was this eternal:
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Not to blame?
There’s no coating that things have been pretty ugly for the Lakers at the start of the season. Vogel is a convenient scapegoat, and he probably has things to do on his own, but the front office can bear the brunt of the blame here.
Wrote Sam Quinn of CBS Sports:
GM Rob Pelinka has gone out of his way to bring back several friendly faces from the Championship season, but they have far exceeded any defensive utility, and the new faces he has added to complement them have, so far, struggled. mightily.
For his part, Westbrook was the star child of the latter concept. His current effective field goal of 44.4% is on course to be his worst number in 12 years and he spits the ball six times per game on average. Meanwhile, his defensive rating of 112.4 is the team’s second worst rating.
Pelinka is the one who signed Westbrook, however. And it was always going to take a while for him and the rest of the Lakers to freeze on the pitch, regardless of Vogel’s training.
It remains to be seen whether Vogel will have this time, but it should be noted that it was apparently Pelinka’s third choice when he was hired. For various reasons, Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams were the coaches he coveted.
So if the Lakers’ growing pains persist for an extended period, it could be more than fans considering other options.
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