Ladies and gentlemen, the Los Angeles Lakers and Head Coach Frank Vogel are back in business. The squad started training camp today with the season set to commence on Friday night. With most of the roster on-hand, the team seems to be introducing this year’s outlook. It’s a considerable overhaul and getting on the same page will be much-needed.
Vogel spoke to the media about what day one entailed, per Silver Screen and Roll’s Christian Rivas:
Frank Vogel said there was "a lot of teaching" for the new guys at today's practice. Mostly non-contact.
— Christian Rivas (@RadRivas) December 6, 2020
The Lakers built an identity comprised of defensive intensity and size last season. This is something that should remain the same. The new additions bring their own elements of intensity that extend to the offensive side of the floor.
Dennis Schröder is a scoring machine, along with Montrezl Harrell. Marc Gasol and Wesley Matthews allow the Lakers to keep the floor spread and also defend. Alfonzo McKinnie runs the floor wells and is a willing rebounder.
It’s up to Vogel to find a balance between the two. The goal is to remain relatively healthy through 72 games and gear up for the playoffs. If the Lakers can do this, they must like their odds to make another successful run. For now, teaching will be the foundation. The rest will hopefully come later.