‘I wasn’t told I was fired’ Frank Vogel goes ballistic after hearing news of his firing as Lakers head coach FirstSportz

Frank Vogel
Frank Vogel

After a terrible season for the Lakers, when they didn’t even make the play-in tournament, head coach Frank Vogel’s comments have put him in the spotlight. Nearing the end of the regular season, speculation had begun among fans that Lakers management was preparing to part ways with Frank Vogel and find a new face for the role. Despite this, in a press conference after Lakers’ last game against the Denver Nuggets (which the Lakers won by a score of 142-137 in overtime), Frank Vogel said he hadn’t been told anything about it and would like to enjoy today’s celebrations with the team for their outstanding performance against the Nuggets. He also made use of cinematic dialogue “We’ll deal with tomorrow when the time comes,” which signals that even if he gets fired for it, he’s not interested in thinking about it right now.

No one thought at the start of the season that the Lakers would be in this position given that their first season under Frank Vogel as head coach was their 17th title despite the challenges and delays caused by the Covid pandemic brought. The next season, the Lakers made it to the playoffs through a play-in tournament, but were knocked out by the Phoenix Suns in the first round. They didn’t even make it to the play-in tournament that season, despite the high expectations of Russell Westbrook’s trade and the addition of Carmelo Anthony.

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Frank Vogel with the 2020 NBA championship trophy

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Frank Vogel is thrown under the bus by the Los Angeles Lakers front office

Jeanie Buss and the Lakers with the championship
Jeanie Buss and the Lakers

Of course, the Lakers had nothing to win or lose in their last game. Their exit after the regular season was confirmed and it was all about playing a good game to prove they could make a strong comeback. They managed to do more than that with an exciting game that went to OT. Austin Reaves and Malik Monk’s extraordinary performances have people wondering if the team can now focus on developing fresh faces next season and if Frank Vogel will be a part of that process. Many even speculated that the Lakers’ performance was a tribute to Frank Vogel, since the team was already aware of his departure. As quoted in NBV TV, players develop a bond with the manager throughout the season and it hurts when they are influenced by the decisions of the front office.

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Frank Vogel with Anthony Davis and LeBron James

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What does the future hold for Los Angeles Lakers and head coach Frank Vogel?

Lakers coach Frank Vogel and LeBron James
Lakers coach Frank Vogel and LeBron James

After weeks of speculation and rumor, it remains to be seen what awaits Frank Vogel and his fate as coach of the Lakers when the NBA concludes its final day of the regular season with all 30 teams in action. All speculation is expected to end as the non-playoff teams, particularly the Lakers, consider an overhaul of their strategy and make the necessary changes to the roster, coaching and management system in hopes of better performing in the next season.

Another big task for Lakers management is finding a new face should they decide to part ways with Frank Vogel. Analysts believe this won’t be a quick and easy process as Lakers management is considering multiple options. According to some analysts, management is in talks with Philadelphia head coach Doc Rivers and Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse and are high on the preference list. ‘I wasn’t told I was fired’ Frank Vogel goes ballistic after hearing news of his firing as Lakers head coach FirstSportz

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