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Frank Vogel on Lakers’ defensive plans: ‘You’re going to get smashed in the mouth’

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Orlando Magic watches as his team takes on the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 20, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be an exciting offensive team with potential future Hall of Famers Anthony Davis and LeBron James on the roster. The team might not be much when those players aren’t on the floor, but when they are it should be a treat.

However, the rest of the roster is a bit lacking and I find myself a little down on their prospects for the playoffs this season. I think they will be fighting for one of the last spots out west.

New head coach Frank Vogel probably knows that one of the things an underpowered and understaffed team can do is play well on the defensive end. Vogel helped usher in a defensive presence in Indiana earlier this decade.

To that end, Davis has already said that Vogel wants the team to be a defensive-minded squad. Vogel reiterated that to reporters, saying it wasn’t going to be easy to play L.A.


“You’re coming to play [the] L.A. Lakers -- you’re going to get hit,” Vogel said after his team finished the first of its two-a-day sessions. “You’re going to get smashed in the mouth.”

“He’s a defensive coach and wants to have a defensive mindset,” Davis said of Vogel. “We’re going to be a defensive team. We made sure we covered a lot of defensive schemes today.”

The Lakers were already a surprisingly good defensive team last season, finishing 12th in the NBA despite a roster that didn’t have James on the floor much of time.

It’s still a ramshackle roster in L.A., but there is real potential for this team to be more than the sum of its parts. At least, that’s what Jeanie Buss and the rest of the Lakers braintrust is hoping for.