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Lakers Frank Vogel enters NBA health protocol, Fizdale serves as coach against Bulls

Lakers Frank Vogel enters NBA health protocol, Fizdale serves as coach against Bulls

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Dec 20
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The Los Angeles Lakers can’t seem to catch a break this season. After recent poor play has them sitting at 16-14 in the Western Conference, COVID-19 is now slowly but surely working its way through the locker room.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was put into NBA health and safety protocol on Sunday, following three Lakers players, Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Malik Monk, and several staff members.

David Fizdale took over Vogel’s coaching duties for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, which the Lakers lost 115-110. The team has yet to confirm when Vogel will return.

Vogel is the third NBA head coach to enter the league’s health and safety protocols this season, after Alvin Gentry of the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers’ Rick Carlisle.

Between players in the protocols and injuries, the Lakers are currently without nine players. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, veteran Kent Bazemore also entered COVID protocol over the weekend.

In addition, All-Star forward Anthony Davis suffered a knee injury in the team’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. An MRI revealed a sprained MCL, and Davis could be out for at least four weeks.

Meanwhile, Kendrick Nunn entered protocol a few days ago but was cleared Sunday, according to Mike Trudell of Spectrum SportsNet. Nunn, however, will still be sidelined due to a knee injury he sustained early in the season and has yet to make his debut for the team.

  • Frank Vogel

    Frank Paul Vogel is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association .

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  • Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago.

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  • Los Angeles Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

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  • David Fizdale

    David S. Fizdale is an American basketball assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association .

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