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Broderick Turner on the Lakers: Fifteen months ago, the Lakers won the NBA championship and Frank Vogel was lauded for being the steward who guided them to their 17th title that tied L.A. with the hated Boston Celtics for the most in league history.
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Now, on Jan. 19, some two hours before the Lakers were set to play the Indiana Pacers, Vogel sat behind a desk answering questions about his job status.
His position as coach of the Lakers seemingly had become a cloudy situation, with reports that his job was in peril because of his team’s poor play and standing in the NBA.
On nights like Wednesday, when the Lakers blow a 15-point lead and drop a 111-104 game to a Indiana Pacers team with a 16-29 record now, that’s when the talk about Vogel’s job being in jeopardy starts to make noise.
Even with five players scoring in double figures, the Lakers lost a game because their defense was poor in the fourth quarter.
LeBron James tried to carry his part of the weight with a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds, which made him the 42nd player in NBA history to collect at least 10,000…