The Los Angeles Lakers have been a complete enigma this season. Despite one of the best collections of talent in the NBA, LeBron James and company have failed to find any chemistry. Fans have been waiting for the tide to turn, but the Lakers are 22-22 as they near the midway point.
The Lakers beat the Utah Jazz on Monday Night to get their record back to .500. LeBron James said he knew things have been difficult, but promised they would improve. The win may not be enough to save the team’s head coach, though.
A source told The Athletic that Frank Vogel is on the hot seat. The Lakers’ coach is at serious risk of being fired if the team doesn’t turn things around immediately. Vogel is coaching for his job.
“By the time the Lakers and Jazz tipped off on Monday night, sources said, Vogel was coaching for his job after he narrowly avoided being fired in the wake of the 37-point loss in Denver 48 hours earlier.
Had a scene like that repeated itself against the Jazz, many believed it would have been Vogel’s last game. With the Lakers (22-22) now seventh in the West and the midway point of the season behind them, sources say the organization’s decision-makers are closely monitoring the key question of whether Vogel still has command of the locker room.”
The Lakers are running out of time to turn things around. A coaching change could be just what the doctor ordered. Frank Vogel doesn’t have time to think about it. Vogel needs to win now.
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