Frank Vogel is on the hot seat with the Los Angeles Lakers. The rumors are flying around recently. Lakers governor Jeanie Buss quieted the rumors with a firm statement on Vogel’s job security on Tuesday.
The Lakers are missing two key rotation players in Trevor Ariza and Kendrick Nunn. They have been out since the start of the year. On the other hand, LeBron James has been in and out of the lineup. He is limiting the chemistry-building alongside Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis arguably the most important aspect of the Lakers’ season.
“Until we’re 100 percent healthy, I don’t think you can really make any judgment,” Buss told NBA.com. “I really don’t know what you’re looking for me to say. I would say until we’re 100 percent healthy, I won’t make any judgments about anything.”
Vogel didn’t seem to worry about The Lakers 13-12. They still have a long way to go this season. “We haven’t discussed it. We’re focused on the job. We stay in the moment, focus at the task at hand, try to win the next game, try to get some momentum around our season,” Vogel told reporters before Tuesday’s victory against the Celtics.
“There’s going to be criticism with this job. It’s something we’re all accustomed to,” Vogel said. “And I’ve been a coach for 10 years, I’ve seen it all. Is it more national? Yes, it’s more national. Is there a bigger fan base in this market in LA? Yes there is. But it’s there for every head coach and it’s something I’m not unfamiliar with. So it just comes with the job.” He continued.
Early on this season, The Lakers looked miserable and were seen having an unorganized offense. Recently, The Lakers made a comeback in the offseason. Vogel talked about the ups and downs of the game, which can lead to criticism but he sees it as a part of the game.
Vogel is 168-107 over his two-plus seasons in Los Angeles, winning nearly 64 percent of his games. Charles Barkley also defended Vogel and said that Vogel is not at fault.