Lakers coach Frank Vogel is reportedly on the hot seat, and may continue to be, but he told reporters he’s not worried about it, via Jovan Buha of The Athletic.
Still, it’s beenn an uneven start for a team that has played a league-high 16 home games entering Wednesday (tied with the Clippers).
Some of that can be chalked up to injury, with no less than LeBron James missing almost half the games. Some of it can chalked up to all the newness, with Russell Westbrook and others joining James and Anthony Davis.
But some Lakers fans will also tell you that some of it ca be chalked up to Vogel’s rotations and in-game management. Perhaps. But Vogel isn’t overly concerned.
Per Buha, Vogel said he believes he has the support of management — though Vogel added he has yet to speak to GM Rob Pelinka about his status.
Vogel, of course, said all this before the win over the Celtics. A few more victories like that, and no one will be wondering whether he’s truly on the hot seat. But more inconsistency … and Vogel may want to start fearing for his job.
As RealGM wrote: “With limited trade possibilities, due to very few tradable contracts, speculation has fallen on Vogel being the fall guy if change is deemed necessary.”
So far, Vogel has received support from at least James.
“Coach [Vogel] and the coaching staff do a great job of putting lineups on the floor that he feels are best for us at that moment,” James said. “But we have guys shooting, we have guys that can play in the paint, we have guys that are very quick, we have guys that can rebound the ball, we got dagger guys that can just flat out shoot the ball and we have a lot of scoring as well.”