With the NBA All-Star break approaching soon, the Los Angeles Lakers are yet to show signs of any dominance this season. Before the season began, many sports pundits had the Lakers as one of the favorites to win the title in the 2021-22 NBA season. Unfortunately, the purple and gold are barely managing to stay in the playoffs race.
They currently have a record of 22-23 and hold the 8th seed in the Western Conference. While there have been many theories about the why the franchise is struggling this year, many currently believe that head coach Frank Vogel is to blame.
Lakers legend James Worthy also shared his concerns about that in the postgame show after the team's defeat against the Pacers.
With most people blaming Vogel for the Lakers' troubles, former NBA player-turned analyst Kendrick Perkins has something else to say. He believes that Vogel is being the scapegoat. Moreover, he further revealed that he wants LeBron James and Anthony Davis to protect their coach in these tough times, which is yet to happen.
"Frank Vogel being the scapegoat is ridiculous. And I feel like a guy with who you just won a championship with as your head coach two years ago, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, y’all got to come to this man's defense. ... It is not Frank Vogel’s fault that Russell Westbrook is not getting up on the screens. It’s not Frank Vogel’s when Melo is healthy, he is on the floor and he is giving up 30 points on the defensive end. I want to see LeBron James and Anthony Davis actually come out and stand up for that guy, because it’s not Frank Vogel’s fault why the Lakers are in the position that they’re in right now."
As Perkins mentioned, the Lakers did win a championship under the guidance of Frank Vogel in 2020. But since then the roster of the team has changed beyond recognition and it must be hard for the coach to do his magic when the team has changed so much.
Similarly, Vogel can only guide them off the court; once the game begins, there is little in the hands of the coach. The players also need to rise to the occasion and hopefully we will soon see LBJ and AD stand up for their coach.