Frank Vogel, former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, says he knew the staff was in bother, final yr, earlier than the common season even started. Vogel mentioned the precise second the place he began to have his doubts as to the Lakers’ probabilities throughout a brand new interview with The Athletics’ Invoice Oram. 

Oram, who sat down with Vogel earlier this month, mentioned the interview throughout an look on the Locked on Lakers podcast this week.

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“In case you return to the story I wrote every week in the past, I had an unique interview with Frank Vogel,” Oram defined. “I bear in mind how I requested him this query. I stated, ‘When did first decide up on this was not going to be as clean crusing as you thought? What was the primary domino of all of the issues that went mistaken?’ And he went again to the preseason and he stated when Russ and AD performed, earlier than LeBron ever performed, it didn’t look good.

He continued: “That’s earlier than the Lakers misplaced a single recreation within the common season. Very telling, very damning and I believe displays poorly on the decision-makers.”

Regardless of coming into the season with championship hopes, the Lakers completed with a 33–49 file and missed the playoffs. Vogel was instantly fired after the conclusion of the common season. He tallied a 127–98 file in three seasons with the group.

Try Oram’s look on Locked on Lakers beneath.