Frank Vogel knows he's facing big expectations entering his first season as the Lakers head coach, especially with managing stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
During a recent Q&A interview with NBA.com, Vogel opened up about his approach to coaching two of the best players in the league and making sure they blend well with the rest of the players on the roster.
"Talent-wise, they’re the two best players I’ll ever have had the opportunity to coach. That brings a lot of fun, a lot of excitement to what we’re able to do on the court," Vogel said. "It brings a lot of challenges too. You have to make sure you’re managing them the right way and putting them in the right positions to feel good about their roles and what’s happening around them. There are challenges involved with that. So I’m looking forward to how that all is going to play out."
"When you got talented guys working together, you can accomplish anything."— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 23, 2019
Coach Vogel gives a preview of the culture he wants to build and his on-court philosophies. pic.twitter.com/59f8OMYcsP
Vogel replaces Luke Walton, who parted ways with Los Angeles after three seasons with the team and just one with James. Walton and James built a 20-14 record before the 15-time All-Star missed five weeks due to injury. Vogel acknowledged some of the concerns that coaches have when it comes to leading James, but said he's not relying on James' past relationships with coaches to determine how the two will bond on the court.