Lakers coach Frank Vogel thinks Warriors are being slept on
New Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel is aware of the new wave of dynamic duos that most feel would re-establish the competitive balance in the NBA, but he warns the Golden State Warriors still have some of the most decorated players in their roster.
“I agree that it’s more open. But I think people are sleeping on Golden State if they think they’re still not going to be a great team. I definitely think that they are,” Vogel told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. “But it does seem more balanced. There’s a lot being written about Big Twos instead of the Big Three era. To me, there are more teams that seem to have a reasonable chance to win it all.
Teams like the LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, and others like his own have established a superstar duo, pairing LeBron James with Anthony Davis, but the Warriors replaced an elite player in Kevin Durant with a recently-minted All-Star in D’Angelo Russell, taking only a brief step back while sealing deals to keep Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.
The Warriors will undoubtedly take a step back without Durant in the lineup, but some pundits have them missing the playoffs altogether, ignoring the fact that they still have a two-time MVP and a former Defensive Player of the Year in their roster, along with the impending return of Klay Thompson.
The Lakers are expected to take a massive step forward after obtaining a top-five talent in Davis, an asset that should make the battle with their hallmate Clippers all the more entertaining to watch.