Despite what has been a mostly frustrating and inconsistent season, the Lakers were riding high on Monday night. The team arguably posted their best win of the year behind stifling defense, a thunderous Russell Westbrook dunk, an improbable Austin Reaves tip-in and Stanley Johnson scoring through Rudy Gobert at will.
It was a rare collective effort, against one of the league’s best teams. A combination of things scarcely seen throughout the season for this Lakers squad. The discussion coming out of the contest should have been positive, with the performances serving as examples of what this could look like when things fall into place.
On Tuesday however, the focus turned elsewhere. According to Bill Oram and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Frank Vogel’s head coaching status is in “serious jeopardy” despite the team’s victory over the Jazz the evening prior. Although the timing of the report caught many by surprise, the writing has seemingly been on the wall for Vogel and Lakers dating back to the previous offseason, when the team only extended the coach for one year.
It’s now clear, however, where Vogel stands in the eyes of the front office and ownership. And it seems more of a matter of when than if the team will look elsewhere to fill Vogel’s shoes.
On this week's edition of Talk-O-Tuesday, our hosts Alex Padilla and Alex Regla discussed the various reports regarding Vogel’s job status, if the relationship is fixable, and the contextual factors that have led the team to this point.
The duo also went over the latest injury news surrounding the team, including Anthony Davis nearing a potential return and Kendrick Nunn taking a step back.
And for a short-form recap pod, check out Lakers Lowdown, in which Anthony Irwin recaps the previous day’s news and gets you ready for the day ahead in LakerLand, every weekday morning on the Silver Screen & Roll Podcast feed.