The Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel has been on the hot seat for almost two months now. It all started when The Athletic reported he was at risk of being fired following a blowout loss in Denver to the Nuggets in mid-January. Hell, he may have sat down on that hot seat long before that, as the Lakers gave him a measly one-year contract extension in the offseason, a move that seemed to be very disrespectful to a coach who had won a championship less than a full calendar year before that moment.
Since that report from The Athletic, things have become even worse as the Lakers are 5-13 since then. They’re 0-4 since the All-Star Game break, with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and the rest of the team now playing with an effort that seems indicative of a team that’s quit on their coach.
However, even with that playing out in front of all our faces, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the team is still unlikely to fire Frank Vogel at this time as they ultimately don’t believe it’ll fix anything.
His whole quote from an episode of NBA Today is below, courtesy of Silver Screen & Roll’s Harrison Faigen. You can also see the video of Wojnarowski’s comments below:
Woj, on NBA Today, on why the Lakers haven't fired Frank Vogel yet: pic.twitter.com/gocenDDB8L
— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) March 4, 2022
Woj says the Frank Vigel hasn't been fired cuz the Lakers feel it "wouldn't make a difference."
— 🏀 (@dribblecity) March 4, 2022
If the team fired Vogel, either Phil Handy or David Fizdale would become the interim coach. That may cause increased buy-in from LeBron, Westbrook, and the rest of the team, however, it’s not going to fix the injury to Anthony Davis or the deep roster issues that came from the sloppy construction of this team in the 2021 offseason. It seems as if the Lakers realize that, even if those roster issues have come from their decisions last summer.
Also, although it’s been very obvious that the team is likely going to fire Vogel at the end of the season when you read in between the lines of these reports, Wojnarowski reports seems to nearly confirm that as he ends with “The Lakers still would like to get through the rest of this season with Frank Vogel.”
We’ll see if the tune of the team changes between now and the end of the season. People seem to think that this current state of the team can’t get any worse, but there is still 20 games left. That’s plenty of time for plenty of things to worsen.
God, this team sucks, doesn’t it?