Wesley Matthews Details How Frank Vogel Makes Life Easier at LA Lakers

Published 01/13/2021, 12:45 AM EST
Jan 7, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews dribbles the ball during pregame warmups before the Lakers game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


After the offseason the Los Angeles Lakers had, fans were worried about adjustment issues and whether it was a good idea to make so many changes to a roster that won an NBA title. Well, it looks like the Lakers had thought this through. Keeping aside some slight bumps in the season so far, they are leading the west with an 8-3 record. In fact, their new addition, Wesley Matthews can’t stop praising his new coach.

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Matthews adapting to new roles for the Lakers

It isn’t easy to switch from being a starter to a bench player, and Wesley Matthews is a live example of this. This is a player who has come off the bench only two times in eight years. He was also the starter for the Milwaukee Bucks in every game last season.

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However, he is now taking some time adjusting to playing the role of a bench player for the purple and gold. But Matthews believes that there is one man who is making life easier for him and that’s his new coach, Frank Vogel.

Jan 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Is Vogel the coach of the year, as per Wesley Matthews?

Recently, Wesley opened up about a player’s mentality when it comes to adjusting to new roles when the situation demands so. He stated:

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“As a player, you’re just ready for whatever. You put a lot of preparation in during the offseason just to be ready for whatever the situation, whatever the outcome is. But as far as coach Frank, he’s probably the best communicator as a coach that I’ve had in this early season. He communicates very well about whatever is going on in his mind, whatever he’s thinking, so that gives you comfort. When you know when you’re coming in, when you’re coming out, you can start mentally preparing yourself, you can get ready, you can start watching the game a little bit differently.”

Matthews agreed that Vogel has a hand in getting him where he is now and said, “He’s a great communicator so far with me, and that’s really helped my curve here.”

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

What could be better than a player’s absolute admiration for his coach? It looks like the Lakers hired the right man. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll know whether he can guide them to a repeat.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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