Basketball News: When asked about head coach Frank Vogel’s future, Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss remained tight-lipped.
The team’s organisational head’s remarks were neither complimentary nor critical, but his hesitation to confirm that his position is totally secure raises concerns about Vogel’s long-term status.
With the Los Angeles Lakers lingering around.500 during the first quarter of the season due to overlapping injuries and the learning curves of a new squad, Laker’s governor Buss was asked how the team would judge coach Frank Vogel in his third season.
At halftime of Tuesday’s Lakers-Celtics game at Staples Center, Buss told NBA.com, “I don’t think you can really make any judgement until we’re 100 per cent healthy.”
Before the game, Vogel admitted that he and the Lakers’ front office, which includes Buss, Rob Pelinka (vice president of basketball operations and general manager), and Kurt Rambis, had not discussed the season or his future (director of basketball affairs).
Nonetheless, Vogel stated that he has no fears about his job security and that the front office is supportive of him. Vogel was also present at a Lakers season-ticket holder gathering on Monday night, which included Buss, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, according to Buss.
Buss stated, “We’re as connected as any organisation can be.” “I’m not sure what you’re hoping for me to say. I won’t make any decisions about anything until we’re 100 per cent healthy, in my opinion.”
Vogel signed a one-year agreement with the Lakers last summer, extending his contract through the 2022-23 season. Despite the Lakers’ acclaim for Vogel’s role in helping the team win the NBA title in 2020 despite a disrupted season due to the pandemic, Vogel has subsequently taken on other tasks.
The Lakers had players out for a total of 95 games heading into Tuesday’s game against Boston, most of which were due to injury. Due to injuries to his right ankle and abdominal muscle, as well as a one-game ban and being in the league’s health and safety standards, Lakers star LeBron James has missed a total of 12 games. This season, Trevor Ariza (right ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (right knee) have yet to play.
The Lakers have also had problems integrating All-Star guard Russell Westbrook into a club that only has three players returning from last season’s roster.
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