Lakers coach Frank Vogel will take on quite the challenge as head coach of a team with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. He’ll also have to deal with a front office that is notorious in basketbal circles at the moment. How will he deal with it all? Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix talked to Vogel about his plans for James and Davis and more on The Crossover podcast.
(Listen to the latest Crossover podcast here. The following transcript has been edited and condensed for clarity.)
Chris Mannix: So, the first week in July, you effectively have three players on your roster at that point.
Frank Vogel: Interesting times.
Chris: Wild. But … do you have to sit back and wait to see how the roster fills out, whether it’s Kawhi or, you know, 10 other guys instead before you can really dig into what you’re going to try to do this season?
Vogel: Absolutely. Your plan is always based on your personnel. I mean, obviously you’re always going to adhere to your principles of what you know wins basketball games, sharing the basketball, playing with pace, working on a defensive end, making sure we’re doing the prep work and our team is prepared. But the details of it change dramatically based on who you have on your squad. So, while I did have AD and LeBron and Kuz for a stretch, that’s all I had. So there was a big waiting game, like let’s j