The Lakers completed one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history on Sunday night in Denver. At the very least, it ended on a high note. A young LA team, without all of its key veterans, Russ, LeBron, AD, Carmelo, and Dwight, stormed back from a nine point deficit with just over a minute to go to get the game to overtime.
The Lakers eventually won with G-Leaguer Mac McClung providing the exclamation point with a highlight dunk to sew up a 146-141 victory over the Jokic-less Nuggets.
It was a great road win for the young Lakers roster and embattled head coach Frank Vogel. Austin Reaves became the first undrafted rookie to post a 30-point triple-double. The rally was nothing short of improbable. Vogel’s press conference should’ve been about the rally, Reaves, and a ever-so-rare Lakers win. Instead, it was about the breaking news, delivered by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that Vogel would be let go ‘as soon as Monday’.
Vogel’s firing isn’t a surprise, but the timing of the report was awkward to say the least and set the internet ablaze.
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The Athletic’s Bill Oram summed up the situation succinctly.
Charles Barkley and Shaq both agreed that Vogel is “getting screwed”.
James Worthy, another Hall-of-Famer, and Robert Horry both denounced Woj’s decision to break the news when he did.
A report typically means information was leaked from the respective organization. The internet reacted to the strange timing.
Barstool supplied a more current, but just as apt, pop culture reference.
Basketball fans also provided their opinions, including an interesting solution.