Russell Westbrook didn’t show up late for the Lakers’ loss to Indiana, and ESPN reported Frank Vogel gave him the green light to sit on the bench.
The raw tension for Los Angeles Lakers continued and things took a turn for the worse with a lowly Indiana Pacers loss on Wednesday night. If you are wondering where is the small front Russell Westbrook late in the 4th half, he was stuck on the bench waiting to see how his teammates would end things.
So why doesn’t Westbrook take to the floor trying to help his team score a win? According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the front office has given Vogel full support in managing Westbrook’s playing time as he sees fit.. This included beating him in the game against Indiana. Westbrook was struggling in the ring, shooting only 5/17.
Russell Westbrook’s late substitute against the Pacers is Frank Vogel’s call
Before being withdrawn from the game, Westbrook had scored 14 points after 27 minutes of play. It goes without saying, but Westbrook’s time with LA doesn’t go quite as planned for the Lakers here. After the Indiana loss, the team is now 22-23 in the campaign.
Fans are growing impatient and many of them are calling for Vogel to be fired from his position as the team’s head coach. According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, the front office has no plans to make the switch right now, and Vogel’s job is safe.
While there’s still plenty of time for the Lakers to turn things around – with Anthony Davis also stepping up his rehabilitation work – the pressure will continue to weigh on Vogel. He will need this team to really rise to the occasion, with Westbrook of course needing to perform even better.
https://fansided.com/2022/01/20/frank-vogel-front-office-support-bench-russell-westbrook/ Frank Vogel assisted the front office to the bench for Russell Westbrook