Jay Williams says Los Angeles Lakers season ‘will depend if Frank Vogel can truly coach the team’

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The Los Angeles Lakers are once again one of the pre-season favorites to claim an 18th NBA Championship. They enter the 2021/22 season with a near entirely new-look roster, with just three players returning from the team that fell in the first round of the playoffs last season. However, with Frank Vogel in charge, LeBron James & Anthony Davis at total health, and the addition of Russell Westbrook, former NBA player Jay Williams believes the Lakers are once again the best team in the Western Conference.

The former Chicago Bull spoke on ESPN’s ‘KJM’ show about the season ahead for the Lakers and how it may all come down to coaching.

“This year will depend upon if Frank Vogel can truly coach this team. Differently than he has had to coach teams in the past. Like people will say x-factors like Russell Westbrook or you added 11 new players to this roster. We want to change the dynamic of this roster to be more offensively driven. Even though there’s alot of questions about this team defensively this year. Scheme wise how will Frank Vogel make it work.”

Jay Williams

Frank Vogel took charge of the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2019, leading the team to a 52-19 record. The team then claimed the franchise’s 17th NBA championship, easing through the Western Conference before beating the Miami Heat in six games. This success came from quality defense, but attention is now turning to offense.

LUBBOCK, TX - FEBRUARY 24: ESPN College Gameday hosts Rece Davis, Jay Williams, Seth Greenburg and Jay Bilas give commentary during the live broadcast prior to the game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks on February 24, 2018 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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“During the regular season, if they stay healthy, I don’t think you are going to see alot of problems. But when you get to the playoffs, that’s what I care about for the Lakers. Are they healthy number one and number two what does the offense look like?”

Jay Williams

As the old saying goes, offense wins games, but defense wins championships. The key know for Frank Vogel is finding a way to produce similar defensive levels to the 2020 championship-winning team while also having a cohesive offense.

“The Lakers are the best team in the West. Think about the depth they added. Malik Monk, Wayne Ellington, you have Talen Horton-Tucker, Trevor Ariza, Carmelo Anthony. I mean the names go on and on. Avery Bradley signed for defensive ability. But I will say this. If there’s one person on that roster LeBron James looked to each game because of his offensive genius. It was Jason Kidd. Frank Vogel is known for defensive genius but it’s going to be different this year and losing Jason Kidd is a big loss for this team.”

Jay Williams

Jason Kidd could prove a significant loss the this Lakers team, but with arguably three of the top 15 players in the NBA on their roster, it’s hard to look past them dominating the Western Conference. Offensive and defensive issues will doubt test the limits of Frank Vogel’s coaching ability this season. The team begins their quest for a second championship in three seasons against the Golden State Warriors tonight.

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4 responses to “Jay Williams says Los Angeles Lakers season ‘will depend if Frank Vogel can truly coach the team’”

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  2. […] Moreover, the Lakers have an 8-7 record despite having had one of the most favorable schedules to begin the season. In addition to early-season injury problems for LeBron James, the new-look Lakers roster is struggling to gel. James is returning to health, and the team is playing & practicing more together. Consequently, you have to think the team will only get better as the season goes on. […]

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