Frank Vogel got a damn good introduction to the role of head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at his introductory press conference on Monday morning.
Just hours ahead of the planned launch of Vogel, former Lakers The president of basketball organization Magic Johnson aired on live television and devastated the inside of the organization. He mainly pointed to General Manager Rob Pelinka, who regarded Johnson as sneaky, but also to other members of the organization who were trying to exert inexperienced power areas where they were not employed and in which he even said several times that Tyronn Lue was over bird should have been set.
The whole thing was so riotous that it kidnapped the majority of Vogel's introductory presses to the point where it was the 1
Vogel was later asked more about these two things in a smaller interview with local media, and he smiled as he admitted the whole drama was a new experience for him.
"It's a bit different. Other than I expected and different from what I've ever done, but I understand the nature of the questioning in the light of the events of this morning, so you're just rolling with the punches, "Vogel told these reporters] although he also said that the Lakers were trying to prepare him for the coming, warning him that this was a different beast than Indiana and Orlando.
"And I understand that," Vogel said. "I understand the NBA and I understand the job you all have to do (in the media). And as I said about our team, perception is not always consistent with reality. They block the noise, go to work and put a product on the floor that you are proud of.
Regarding this product, Vogel was given the opportunity to talk about basketball (usually during his opening speech afterwards) Pelinka introduced him), advocating a refreshingly modern approach to the game, which apparently implied that he had learned had had something wrong with the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic. And since Vogel only had so much time to talk about basketball on his first day, I'll just let him explain some graphics here, with as little interruption as necessary.
"I have a strong plan of how we'll play as a basketball team. I am very, very excited about the opportunity to express my beliefs about what that will look like, "said Vogel. "Offensive, as I said, play for each other An analytical approach to playing the game outside, with the 3-point line and the space created to open a really strong, basketballing team."
"And defensive then build a defense from the inside out With all the talk about the 3-point line, it's still most important to build your defense from the inside out The basket still has top priority, the color is still highest Priority, and then we'll spread you out and guard the 3-point line, "Vogel continued." The way I want to play the game has changed a lot and it's about developing the league.
"The entire league has changed with the 3-point shot and the size of the change and must be done on a certain level. I think it is exaggerated in some ways, but the two years in Orlando, when we developed the young talent and it was a rebuilding situation, made it a small laboratory for me to find out this new NBA. Find out in which new world and according to which scheme the modern NBA can be successful. It was a great learning experience, and I went on to visit teams throughout the league this year, and to have a lot of lengthy discussions on how to play this style of play and how to turn a scheme into this year's sabbatical. And also defensive.
Later on the radio Vogel talked about the kind of shots he had taken in his spare time, and the appreciation for the analytics taught him to prioritize: first to chase free throws, then shots at the edge of Eckdreier and Finally, angled threes with medium-range jumpers as the last – though sometimes necessary – means. That's about the ideal, widespread distribution of shots in 2019, and while Vogel's past suggests he may need a strong assault wizard to create this type of shots, he should realize that the most efficient distribution of shots is a good sign for those who want the Lakers to succeed.
But while Vogel made it clear that he had learned from his past, Pelinka also recalled that those years were by no means all bad. Pelinka said that Vogel's track record, to a large extent, led them to attack him so quickly (at least after their first two options were blown out).
"In the sessions that we did with the whiteboard during the interview process, he had his vision for the game, the structure he wanted to play with, and the way he would use our squad really impressive. He also talks a lot about structure and accountability and the things we expect from our head coach here, "said Pelinka. "The other qualities that were so important were the playoff successes that he led the Pacers to five playoffs in the five seasons and then brought the Pacers team to the conference championship twice in a row."
Success is more than just an X and an O, and Vogel also described his other coaching philosophies, especially how he tries to deal with players.
"Any player who honestly is damned worthy, wants to be challenged and wants to be pushed, wants to be trained hard and wants to be held accountable. That will be the expectation of every player on the squad, "Vogel said. They all treat us fairly, but all are treated differently, this is just a coaching for every (successful) team I've ever heard of, and I had the same approach Stroke they are pressurized and trained hard and with the truth. "
Bird also has a plan to improve the team's shooting" by developing the Lakers from within and improving the shooters "already.
"There's a lot of work going on in the gym and the training camp and throughout the season, no one at this level can develop his own players, and then of course we'll be doing the free action and other actions that Rob can perform "to go into it to try to add a few shots."
But Bird did not just want to shoot or analyze or which players the team gets To illustrate, He believes that there is a driving force that promotes success in the NBA when he is around: "togetherness." He wants to bring that to the Lakers, and not just in the locker room. On a day filled with questions about past struggles in the Front Office and the disruption of the Lakers until Monday, Vogel said he wanted to bring the Lakers together from top to bottom.
"We need to build togetherness with our organization. Not just the 15-17 men who will be in the locker room in uniform. I speak of organizational togetherness. Starting with the ownership of the front office to the coaching staff. The players, the coaches, the business side. We will all move in the same direction, "said Vogel. "This is something I always preached as a head coach, because you can do amazing things when they're all together, and if that's how we do it every day, the stuff translates to the place and how we play.
We also will be selfless, we will put confidence in the passport and create something for others with the basketball – defensive, communicate, talk and cover each other, work together, start organization-wide and "If that happens, you will win big, and that will be a big part of what we want to achieve here."
This is a big talk, and it probably will not be easy To be able to achieve these goals, but even on a day when he is presented to Lakers fans bird was overshadowed by the continuing consequences of leaving one Legend and continued to be optimistic that he can help the Lakers reach the heights he envisioned.
"I think we can do great things, and I'm very excited about it. It will begin to establish a culture of hard work, readiness and structure in the field, "said Vogel. "I am looking forward to our younger people growing and everyone coming together. The focus for our group must be to stay in the moment. Obviously there was a lot of outside noise, as is the case with any NBA team, but there was a lot of outside noise that we need to rule out.
"There is a lot of talk about getting our team back into the playoffs and what the Lakers are in terms of a tradition of competing for championships (but) these are final results. We will focus on the work. Everyday life at the moment. How do we get better at practicing? How do we win the next game? Focus on the task ahead and then on the awards, the achievements, the results they will bring.
If the Lakers can focus on basketball as much as their new head coach in the drama, they may prove it to the right.
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