Frank Vogel wasn’t the first choice for the Los Angeles Lakers. They wanted other coaches, but Vogel took the position. He comes accompanied with Jason Kidd and Lionel Hollins, a crew with great coaching experience. His hiring increased the Lakers’ chance to make the NBA Playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
Vogel will work with a group of talented players led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He will have to make LeBron and Davis work well together, and that’s harder than coaching one star.
“Talent-wise, they’re the two best players I’ll ever have had the opportunity to coach. That brings a lot of fun, a lot of excitement to what we’re able to do on the court.” Vogel told NBA.com, “It brings a lot of challenges too. You have to make sure you’re managing them the right way and putting them in the right positions to feel good about their roles and what’s happening around them. There are challenges involved with that. So I’m looking forward to how that all is going to play out.”
When it comes to Davis, Vogel will have to use the skills of JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard to handle the center. Davis said he wanted to play power forward, but he will still get a few minutes at center.
The Lakers added Dwight Howard after DeMarcus Cousins suffered his injury. He comes out of a tough year, and almost no team was interested in his scandal. Today, Howard is ready for a Lakers comeback and a title.
“I think he’s excited about this opportunity with the Lakers. It’s very different from the first time he came through. Then, he was a mega-star coming in with two other mega-stars [Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash].” Vogel went on to tell Steve Aschburner, “This time around, he’s had a few teams where they haven’t had great success. And he’s at a different point, age-wise, in his career. So he’s excited just to be part of something, in any way he can help. He knows it’s going to be more of a role player type of role.”
Radmila graduated with a degree in Translation & Interpreting. She is an NBA and NFL writer for The Ball Zone, and has been covering popular sports topics for several years. A loyal Lakers fan, she puts energy into reporting big roster moves, potential trades, on-court-accomplishments, and off-court rumors.