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Lakers owner Jeanie Buss: No judgment on Frank Vogel until team fully healthy

Lakers coach Frank Vogel and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss

ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 11: President, Jeanie Buss, Vice President of Operations, Rob Pelinka, Head Coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after Game Six of the NBA Finals on October 11, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Lakers coach Frank Vogel is on the hot seat.

Los Angeles is just 13-13. But four members of the expected starting lineup – LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Wayne Ellington and Trevor Ariza – have missed games.

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Lakers governor Jeanie Buss was asked how the organization would evaluate coach Frank Vogel in his third season.

“Until we’re 100% healthy, I don’t think you can really make any judgment,” Buss told at halftime of the Lakers-Celtics game on Tuesday

Many people would prefer to operate this way. Vogel could get extra benefit of the doubt because he guided the Lakers to the 2020 championship.

But teams often must make decisions with incomplete information.

Ariza (ankle) remains sidelined. Kendrick Nunn – the Lakers’ highest-paid outside free-agent acquisition last offseason – will miss at least a few more weeks (knee). The Lakers’ historically old roster is more susceptible to injury. Will they ever be fully healthy?

At some point, the Lakers must determine whether Vogel is the right coach to lead this group to a title. It’s not necessarily an easy question. But if they wait until perfect health to decide, it might be too late.