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Frank Vogel on Lakers: “We have enough defensive talent to be great if the buy-in is there”

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel has a reputation of being one of the top defensive coaches in the NBA. Despite that, the purple and gold has been one of the worst teams in defense so far this season. With 113.4 points against per game, the Lakers are 29th in the league in defense.

Recently, Vogel was asked about his team’s defensive abilities. According to him, the Lakers have all the pieces to be a great defensive team if the players commit to it.

“We got a great scheme,” Vogel said. “We have a firm understanding of how to coach defense at a high level. We have enough defensive talent to be great if the buy-in is there.

“It’s going to take time for everyone to learn the pillars of our defense and to bring that execution at a high level. We’ve got to make sure that the effort and commitment and buy-in is there. If all those tings happen with the group that we have, I believe that we can [be a good defensive team].”

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