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Frank Vogel: Lakers showed signs of trouble during preseason


It didn’t take the Los Angeles Lakers long this season to show people they weren’t championship contenders, but former head coach Frank Vogel may have come to terms with this sad truth long before anything else. the world.

During an appearance on the “Locked on Lakers” podcast this week, The Athletic’s Bill Oram recalled one of the most interesting parts of his recent exclusive interview with Vogel. He said he asked Vogel when the coach knew the Lakers might be in trouble, and Vogel said there were signs before the season even started.

“I remember how I asked him that question. I said, ‘When did you first realize it wasn’t going to be as smooth as you thought? What was the first domino of all things to go wrong? He went back to pre-season,” recalls Oram. “He said when (Russell Westbrook) and (Anthony Davis) were playing, before LeBron was playing, it didn’t look good. That’s before they lost a single game in the regular season. Very eye-opening, very damning, and I think it reflects very badly on the decision-makers.”

Vogel told Oram in this interview that he was very worried when the Lakers were “getting killed in preseason.” He said people tended to dismiss these meaningless exhibition games, but he still thought bad chemistry was a bad omen.

The Lakers had the oldest roster by average age in the NBA this season. Almost everyone expected this to be a problem for them, and it was. No coach could have faced the team the Lakers put together, which is why Charles Barkley and others criticized them for using Vogel as a scapegoat.

If Vogel knew the Lakers were in serious trouble before the season even started, he also may have known he wouldn’t be their coach any longer.




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