Lakers star LeBron James attends Frank Vogel’s intro press conference
Many have questioned just how okay LeBron James is with the fact that Frank Vogel is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but while the future between the two remains to be seen, James got things off on the right foot on Monday, as he attended Vogel’s introductory press conference:
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) May 20, 2019
While James was not on the media stand and, therefore, did not get to voice his opinion on anything, the fact that he was there had to make Vogel feel a bit more comfortable, and James surely spent some time with Vogel before and after the presser.
Still, you can’t help but feel that Vogel may end up having a very short leash with the Lakers, especially considering that Los Angeles appointed Jason Kidd—whom LeBron deeply respects—as one of his assistant coaches.
Some have speculated that Vogel’s run in Los Angeles will end much like David Blatt’s did in Cleveland, when Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant of Blatt’s, replaced him as head coach a year and a half into his tenure.
Regardless, we should probably give both Vogel and James the benefit of the doubt right now, as it’s not like this is Vogel’s first rodeo.
The 45-year-old landed his first coaching job midway through the 2010-11 campaign, when he took over as head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He proceeded to last five and a half years with the club, making five playoff appearances and making a pair of Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014.
Vogel then coached the Orlando Magic for two seasons, but did not have nearly as much success as he did in Indiana.