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Sam Amick Reveals Frank Vogel's Inability To Make Russell Westbrook More Productive On The Lakers Played A Big Part In His Firing

Sam Amick Reveals Frank Vogel's Inability To Make Russell Westbrook Work On The Lakers Played A Big Part In His Firing

Frank Vogel was fired at the end of the season by the Los Angeles Lakers, after a tumultuous season where the Los Angeles Lakers ended up missing the playoffs. There is no doubt that this was a disappointing year for a team that had championship aspirations at the start of the season.

Sam Amick of The Athletic has recently claimed that a "big part" of Frank Vogel's firing was his "inability" to make Russell Westbrook "a more productive part of the program". There is no doubt that Russell Westbrook has had a poor year, but perhaps he can do better under a different coach. Amick also mentions that Phil Jackson has been "a fan of Westbrook's throughout his career", which is important because Phil Jackson is involved with the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching search.

When the decision was made to fire Vogel, sources say his handling of Westbrook and the inability to find a way to make him a more productive part of the program were among the factors that played a big part. There was a strong sense that it was on Vogel to make the Westbrook experiment work, and the fact that it didn’t led to questions about whether Westbrook had been put in a position to succeed. That sure smells like the hope of a Russ revival to me.

And how’s this for a tidbit to tie this thread up: Phil Jackson is known to have been a fan of Westbrook’s throughout his career. Sources say Phil Jackson has no interest in taking on this coaching job (or any other) himself — let’s just stop that rumor right here — but his view of Westbrook is relevant. As we’ve established, Jackson’s voice matters again.

Hopefully, the Los Angeles Lakers are able to make a good hire and start competing for the championship once again next year. However, coaching was from the only issue for the Los Angeles Lakers this past season, and they'll need to make changes to the roster to become a better team.

A team with two superstars like Anthony Davis and LeBron James has the right foundation for a championship run. All that is needed is better supporting pieces, and hopefully, the Lakers front office can surround their superstars with the right players to put the team in a position to win at a high level.