Lakers’ Frank Vogel Details His Agenda Beyond Wins and Losses This Season

Published 01/05/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) wait to enter the game against the LA Clippers in the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers have won their 3 last games and are now 5-2 this season. Although it took them some time, they are finally playing like a well-oiled machine. But what is the reason behind their sudden resurgence of form?

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Well, early on in the season, head coach Frank Vogel tried various new lineup rotations. It was a necessary step, as the team had acquired several new players in the offseason. With each passing game, the team improved their chemistry and they finally have an idea of what works best for them.

Frank Vogel speaks about Lakers goals for this season

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Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel (left) talks with referee Eric Dalen (37) in the second half against the LA Clippers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In a media conference, Vogel explained why he was trying several lineup rotations in the first few games. He said:

We want to manage the season outside of the wins and losses. We have a pretty steady tone with our teaching, with every move whether we won or lost the game. There are lessons to be learned in every game. So that’s our process, managing different combinations and who is in who is out, those types of things… Just have a mindset to grow throughout the year and hopefully land in a spot where we’ve positioned ourselves, second half of the year, to go into the playoffs playing the best basketball of the year.”

The beginning of the season is unarguably the best time to experiment with new things for the team. However, when the season is young, it can backfire as well. Not having a good start to the season can hinder the morale of players down the line.

But knowing the Lakers and the amount of talent they have on their roster, they are almost certain to make it to the playoffs as a top-3 seed in the Western Conference.

Can LA defend their title this season?

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It all comes down to this question for the purple and gold. Even after winning it all last season, the league is so competitive right now that one can’t name a clear favorite for the 2021 Championship. But when it comes to the top contenders in the league, the purple and gold definitely feature on the list.

Dec 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) poses with 2020 NBA Champion ring before a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After bringing the hardware to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, the Lakers are focused on doing the same this year as well. In that process, they have bolstered their support cast in the offseason. Coupling that with their star power, the organization should have a great 2020-21 campaign.

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Which team is your favorite become this year’s champions? Is it the Lakers or some other team?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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