Frank Vogel wants to ‘crush’ Lakers opponents, use ‘mental warfare’

The forward-looking image Frank Vogel normally presents to the public in media sessions is that of a joking father, a bit dorky but sympathetic stepfather. But if there was any doubt in the minds of Lakers fans that the team’s current head coach is also capable of making a little more fire behind closed doors, well, a recent episode of Spectrum SportsNet’s documentary series “Backstage Lakers” would ask such questions. have to let it rest.

In the episode, cameras went behind the scenes of the Lakers training camp and got some audio of Vogel’s speech to the team ahead of their first joint practice, with Vogel outlining how he wants the Lakers to approach the season.

His choice of words may not have led to the type of start that he or the organization certainly hoped for in terms of record, but it could set you up to run through a brick wall at work (emphasis mine):

“We must become more than the sum of its parts. Our talent level alone is not going to get us a championship. We must selflessly play offensive basketball, and we must be connected and tenacious on the defensive side. The effort piece has to be there… Play harder and more physically than our opponent. We crush people, we outnumber people, and when we talk about our identity, this is it: Wire-to-wire dominance. This is our mindset for the regular season because there is mental battle with that. Teams already know when they get into the game that they are going to lose. Let’s go to court.”

The full video also features Vogel outlining some of the defensive techniques he wants the team to use, LeBron James holding his teammates accountable at that end of the floor, just giving us a general idea of ​​a group of competitors in their element in a way we don’t normally get.

Worth a look for any Lakers fan (h/t Lakers Reddit to find it):

With the Lakers coming into form defensively, we’re finally starting to see the results of posts like the one above. And if Vogel can make this team, which has so many questionable defenders, play good defense over the course of the season and become “greater than the sum of its parts”, as he says, it could well be his biggest coaching job yet. could be .

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