Writing the sentence was just as dizzying as reading it, with DRAMA dripping from every word, like blood into shark-infested waters. Terms of Use But can they really be his best defense?

Jason Kidd coaches a young Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014. Again, this is not a foolproof way to analyze this, but those numbers paint the picture that the Lakers appear to be going up against better offenses than those Indiana teams did on average, and — when healthy — are still holding teams to around the metrics of Vogel’s best defenses with the Pacers. The fact that he used his name as a pun, whether intentional or not, makes me respect him even more.

The Thunder are No. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement with Frank Vogel to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. They have been close friends since they were teammates at the 2008 Olympics. I’ve played for multiple coaches, and I’ve always been a coachable player. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change.

“It starts with the head coach, and the players are an extension. “He’s perfect for LeBron,” Pitino added. James, in turn, said Friday he has been a Vogel fan since the coach’s Pacers days. It shows the players the coach wants it as much as they do and will put them in the best position to win it as well. The Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Frank Vogel, seemed to have run his course in the NBA, right up until he worked the historic franchise back into champions. Their sudden absences have made James the most visible presence for a franchise that cannot seem to find its footing under Buss. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. January 30, 2011: Hired as Head Coach by the Indiana Pacers. So I had that memory, battling those Indiana teams.

If there is one thing we all know about sports, it’s the wealth of cliches and coach-speak used to describe them. The change should not come as a surprise though as Vogel inserted Howard into the starting line-up of Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets in the Lakers conference finals match-up due to his work against Nikola Jokic. But while he may have jinxed them a bit with his kind words, the team did at least make up for it on the other end, where they put up their best offensive rating of the season (137.9). If you forgot, the Lakers’ head coach is Frank Vogel — even if TV cameras almost never show him on the sidelines. Along with taking criticism in extensive film sessions, these actions set the tone for everyone to buy into Vogel’s preferred, defense-first, retro-NBA version of the Lakers with two stars and a commitment to sacrifice for the good of the team. But he was also playing defense (and fouling to stop fast breaks), something that hasn’t always gone hand-in-hand with All-Star Games in the past. We have a high ceiling on that end of the floor.”. You can follow Harrison on Twitter at @hmfaigen. In Games 1 and 2, against Miami’s trademark 2-3, he had the Los Angeles Lakers prepared to eviscerate the zone in every possible way.

Vogel then emerged as an immediate candidate for the top post and has strong support within the Lakers’ organization from Kurt Rambis, the former Lakers player and coach who serves as an adviser to the owner Jeanie Buss. There is enough talent and versatility here that it’s at least possible to envision this defense — when combined with the offensive transcendence of James and Davis — being much more successful than Vogel’s Pacers outfits. Davis’ versatility is particularly special, allowing him to guard players on the perimeter and swat their shots in the paint. DeMarcus Cousins literally never touched the floor for the Lakers. All eyes will be on James, too, to see whether he buys into the new staff’s message. Frank is perfect for that with LeBron and AD.”.

We present them here for purely educational purposes. Whicker: Lakers’ Frank Vogel has had quite a journey No longer washing water bottles at Kentucky, the driven coach has the Lakers on the cusp of their first NBA title in 10 years.

Vogel becomes the Lakers’ fifth head coach — sixth if you count Bernie Bickerstaff, who coached five games on an interim basis in 2012 — since Jackson stepped down in 2011. Chris Paul was in peak form during Sunday night’s All-Star Game. Your California Privacy Rights The IQ with LeBron (James) quarterbacking everything in the game and pregame, and helping with establishing the plans and everything. “We’ve got to do better than that on that end of the floor.”.