NBA Reacts To Lakers’ Firing Of Head Coach Frank Vogel, Fans Crush LeBron James

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  • The Lakers are reportedly parting ways with head coach Frank Vogel at the end of the season
  • LeBron James is receiving criticism following the announcement
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The latest out of Los Angeles hints at a coaching change come season’s end.

Reports began to surface Tuesday afternoon about the planned firing of head coach Frank Vogel following the conclusion of the season. A search will begin immediately for Vogel’s replacement.

Los Angeles entered the season with high expectations.

The Lakers added superstar Russell Westbrook in the offseason, establishing their own form of the “Big Three” on the West Coast. Westbrook joined LeBron James and Anthony Davis in LA, making the Lakers the preseason betting favorite to land an NBA championship.

Those championship aspirations have not come to fruition.

Instead, the Lakers sit 16 games below .500 on the year and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Los Angeles sits in 11th place in the Western Conference standings, needing to make up three games on the Spurs in the season’s final four matchups.

The move seems a bit premature seeing as Vogel helped lead the Lakers to an NBA title just two seasons ago. In three years with Los Angeles, he’s posted a 125-96 overall record. He’s made two postseason appearances, including that championship run in 2020.

He’s also had to manage key injuries to both Davis and James which had significant impacts on the outcome of the campaign.

This year obviously hasn’t gone according to plan, but many around the NBA believe that the blame is better placed somewhere else.

Fans Crush LeBron James For Frank Vogel Firing

While the head coach rightfully lands some of the criticism for the poor performance, things are a bit different in Los Angeles.

Star player LeBron James calls the shots as much as the front office and coaching staff. That’s been made clear with recent reports noting that James was responsible for the team’s signing of Russell Westbrook as opposed to All-Star DeMar DeRozan.

At times, his opinion seems to outweigh the rest of the organization’s which is causing fans to place some blame on LeBron rather than Vogel.

Check out the reaction below.

Speculation is already growing as to who the new coach in Los Angeles will be. We’ll see how quickly the team moves on finding Vogel’s replacement this offseason.