Coach Frank Vogel is feeling the pressure as the Lakers continue what has been a disappointing start, according to Marc Stein of Substack.
The Lakers (10-11) are coming off a triple-overtime home loss to the Kings and are under .500 despite playing more home games than anyone.
“That disappointing record has some in the organization wondering if there should be a change on the sidelines,” RealGM wrote. “The Lakers have an experienced head coach in David Fizdale on the bench, should they decide to fire Vogel.”
In Vogel’s defense, LeBron James has missed more than half the Lakers’ games in this early season with injuries (as well as a one-game suspension). Still, even with James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, the veteran Lakers have played uneven.
Vogel, 48, is 104-60 in his three seasons in LA, coaching them to the championship in the Orlando bubble in 2020.
Prior to coming the Lakers, Vogel compiled a 250-181 record in six seasons with the Pacers, and 54-110 record in two years with the Magic. He is 408-351 overall.
It may be too soon for the Lakers to give up on Vogel, but if things don’t improve by the All-Star break in February, his future with the team could be in danger.