Lakers’ Jeanie Buss not ready to “pass judgment” on coach Frank Vogel

The Lakers signed Frank Vogel for a one-year extension last summer, which keeps him under contract until the 2022-23 season.

LOS ANGELES – The comment was neither praised nor criticized.

With the Los Angeles Lakers hovering above or below 0.500 for the first quarter of the season amid overlapping injuries and learning curves with a new roster, Lakers Governor Jeanie Buss has been asked. how the organization would assess coach Frank Vogel in his third season.

“Until we’re 100% healthy, I don’t think you can really pass judgment,” Buss told NBA.com at halftime of the Lakers-Celtics game Tuesday at Staples Center.

Prior to the game, Vogel admitted he had no conversations about the season and his future with the Lakers front office, which would include Buss, Rob Pelinka (vice president of basketball operations, general manager) and Kurt Rambis (Director of Basketball Affairs).

Nonetheless, Vogel added that he had no concerns about his job security and felt the front office was backing him. Buss also noted that Vogel attended an event for Lakers season ticket holders on Monday night, which also included Buss, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“We are as connected as any organization can be,” said Buss. “I really don’t know what you want me to say. I would say that until we are 100 percent healthy, I will not pass judgment on anything.

The Lakers signed Vogel for a one-year extension last summer, which keeps him under contract until the 2022-23 season. Although the Lakers praised Vogel for helping the team win the 2020 NBA title in a troubled season due to the pandemic, Vogel has since inherited other challenges.

The Lakers entered Tuesday’s game against Boston with players missing 95 games combined mostly related to injury. Lakers star LeBron James missed 12 games combined due to right ankle and abdominal muscle injuries, as well as a one-game suspension and being in league health and safety protocols. Trevor Ariza (right ankle) and Kendrick Nunn (right knee) have yet to play this season.

The Lakers have also struggled with the integration of All-Star goaltender Russell Westbrook into a team that has just three returning players from last season’s roster.

“We are focused on the job,” said Vogel. “We’re staying in the present moment, focusing on the task at hand and trying to win the next game and trying to build momentum around our season.”

Therefore, Vogel downplayed whether he thought the review was unfair or justified.

“It’s not for me to decide,” said Vogel. “I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. Really just focused on the job.

After Monday’s practice, James also put more weight on the roster than the coaching staff.

“I think criticism comes with work, you know? James told reporters. “Frank is a strong-minded guy. He has a great coaching staff. And we, as his players, have to do a better job of coming out and producing on the pitch. We’re a team and an organization that doesn’t care about adversity, that doesn’t care about people saying things about us, obviously, because it comes with the territory.

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Mark Medina is a senior writer / analyst for NBA.com. You can email him here, find his archives here and follow him on Twitter.

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