SportsPulse: The Los Angeles Lakers are headed back to the NBA Finals after knocking off the Nuggets in Game 5, but LeBron James is not ready to celebrate anything yet.
The moment could have called for Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel to bask in glory. And why not?
In his first season as the team’s head coach, Vogel guided the Lakers to their first NBA Finals appearance in 10 years after dispatching the Denver Nuggets in five games in the Western Conference Finals.
After championship aspirations faltered with the Indiana Pacers (2011-2016) and a rebuilding project never materialized with the Orlando Magic (2016-18), Vogel has proven he is one of the league’s elite coaches. And he impressed the Lakers so much that LeBron James, Anthony Davis and their supporting cast strongly credited him for putting them in a position to succeed.
“He’s been great. He’s been unbelievable. It’s been a crazy obstacle course for our franchise this whole year,” James said. “He’s been able to manage it the whole time.”
James’ words surely pleased Vogel. Certainly his actions have. And yet, Vogel handled this praise the same way he has…