LeBron James' former teammate bashes Lakers over Frank Vogel firing

Jefferson is reacting to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski that the Lakers were firing Vogel…minutes after the team’s final game was over. Yikes.

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the Bech next to forward Anthony Davis as head coach Frank Vogel stands by during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the Bech next to forward Anthony Davis as head coach Frank Vogel stands by during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

“Woj tweeted one minute after the game that Frank Vogel was fired…the Lakers didn’t even have the decency to inform the coach that won them a championship 18 months ago, that they were going to let him go. The Lakers organization is in utter disarray,” Jefferson said. And we can confirm Frank Vogel had no clue because he stated earlier this week that he hadn’t been told anything about his future in LA.

“I haven’t heard sh**,” Vogel said when asked about his job security for 2023.

But to address Richard Jefferson’s point, Frank Vogel knowing his fate isn’t important, but the order in who learns this information is. Another issue here is that the team lacks professionalism by dismissing their head coach minutes after the final buzzer. That move sends a message that the organization felt their first move had to be dismissing Vogel like the roster wasn’t total cheeks.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. 

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

No shooting, Anthony Davis was a total dud in 2022, and Russell Westbrook made $ 44 million to do cardio and toss up bricks — now suddenly you’re treating your coach like he didn’t lead the team to a title in 2020?

No sign of professionalism from anyone within that Lakers organization, let alone gratitute.

The comment section below NBA on ESPN’s tweet were that Magic Johnson potentially leaked the firing. If true, why would that have any impact on how this departure was handled? Magic Johnson was already known for allowing leaks under his watch so why would he be trusted with confidential information regarding Frank Vogel? Utter stupidity god forbid Lakers GM Rob Pelinka gave Magic that type of intel before he could break the news himself.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Richard Jefferson #24 in the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena on February 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Richard Jefferson #24 in the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena on February 11, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images)

This issue isn’t complex: Tell Frank Vogel he’s been let go and THEN tell the public. It’s called professionalism. Not much of that in sports these days.

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