Beijing time on October 13, news, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 4-2 in the finals, thus winning the NBA championship again after a lapse of ten years, and also the 17th championship in their team history. Tie the old enemy Boston Celtics, tied for the first place in NBA history.
The combination of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is undoubtedly the person who attracts the most spotlight. This pair of duo, which can be said to be a match made in heaven, is indeed the biggest support for the Lakers to win the championship. In addition to them, the performance of role players such as Rondo is also highly praised. In fact, in addition to these players, the efforts of the Lakers' "behind-the-scenes heroes" for this championship journey cannot be ignored.
Like the thick eyebrow situation, Lakers coach Frank Vogel, who has just joined the Lakers for his first season, led the team to win the championship trophy. Vogel is the sixth coach in the history of the Lakers to lead the team to win the championship. Coincidentally, these six people have completed the goal of winning the championship in their first season coaching the Lakers. The wealth that Vogel brought to the Lakers was one of their great contributions to winning the championship.
First of all, it is defense. Vogel has always been a well-known defensive head coach. When you coached the Pacers, you created an iron-blooded defense and played seven games with the Heat led by the Big Three of James. The Lakers this season, under the coaching team led by Vogel, played the top defensive ability. At the most critical moment of the game in the playoffs, the Lakers use defense to solve problems, suddenly increase defensive intensity, and at the same time use strong defense to drive fast breaks. This has become the Lakers' most murderous weapon.
In addition to defense, Vogel's resilience has also been greatly demonstrated in the playoffs this season. In several rounds of the playoffs, Vogel made a total of three starting lineup changes, which are rare in a winning team, but it is these three starting changes that can be said to be the right medicine, and the effects are immediate.
The first change was in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets. Vogel replaced McGee with Markieff Morris in the starting lineup to deal with the Rockets' five-small lineup. After the change, the Lakers won two games in a row and eliminated the Rockets. This time, full marks.
After entering the Western Conference Finals, Vogel immediately changed the starting liner back to the regular configuration throughout the season, and McGee re-entered the starting lineup to deal with Jokic's inside attack. But then the second change came. In Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, Dwight Howard replaced McGee as the starting point. This is because Howard's defensive appointment with the teacher was significantly better than McGee in the first few games, and he was pressed on the bench. After almost the entire season, Master Huo, like a beast, hit the bar with the teacher. As a result of the changes, the Lakers won two consecutive games and successfully advanced to the Finals.
The third change occurred in Game 6 of the Finals. Vogel unexpectedly won the starting lineup center Howard, and sent in the perimeter defensive champion Caruso. This bold change also allowed the Lakers to end the Finals with a big victory and successfully won the Gold Cup.
Three changes, directly in exchange for three series promotion, and the game after the changes averaged more than 10 points per game against the opponent. Obviously these changes of Vogel are successful. In addition to these changes, because Bradley refused to play, Vogel promoted Pope into the starting lineup, and the latter also rewarded the coach with his outstanding performance in the playoffs. Caruso, who was entrusted with an important task, became a surprise player in the finals. The Lakers have been extremely united this season. Although the players other than Zhan Mei are not very shining, they have made a delicious feast in the hands of the good "cook" Vogel. Vogel contributed a lot to this championship.