“Team That Embraces Challenges”: Despite LeBron James’ Apprehensions, Frank Vogel Confirms Lakers Ready For Next Season

Published 11/11/2020, 10:15 AM EST
Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel claps after a play against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA recently announced that the 2020-21 season will begin on December 22. This gives the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat the least amount of time for rest, but head coach Frank Vogel is ready for the challenge.

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“The 72-game season we’re about to endure is something that we feel good about,” Vogel said. “Obviously, it’s been a super quick turnaround for the team, the shortest offseason in the history of the NBA, but this is a team that embraces challenges. This is just the next challenge in line for us.”

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The Lakers and the Heat get just a 71-day offseason. While the NBPA voted for it, both Lakers stars, Anthony Davis and LeBron James, have expressed their displeasure regarding the situation. But coach Vogel seems more optimistic.

Eager to defend the title

Vogel later expressed how he wanted to repeat their championship win, even though the road to the title is tougher now.

He said, “The opportunity to dive into all the challenges that come with trying to repeat as an NBA champion is something that myself, my staff and the front office are looking forward to. Our players are ready to go.

“Last year was about system implementation and trying to tweak the plan and put it all together. This season we’ll have more strength behind what we are doing, right from the start.”

The last team to defend the NBA title were the Warriors, who did it back in 2018. LeBron was on the wrong end of the result that time, but now he will be eager to win.

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Will the short off-season negatively affect the Lakers?

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The Lakers have one of the oldest rosters in the league. And it’s very likely that they don’t have any major roster changes for the upcoming season. So the short off-season affects them the most. While LeBron will be able to manage, the rest might not. So it will be a challenge for Vogel and his men to hit the hardwood before Christmas.

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Despite this, they will still be one of the favorites to win the title. After their 2019-20 performance, one cannot rule out the Lakers at all.

Oct 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) holds up the trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Los Angeles Lakers won 106-93 to win the series. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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