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Posted Up - Can the Lakers save this season?

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Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill break down the continuing struggles in Los Angeles and what can be done to get the team back on track. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHRIS HAYNES: The Lakers, let's talk about the Lakers right quick. The Lakers have been a storyline for the past month or so, probably even longer. Frank Vogel, his name has been mentioned as a coach that could potentially get fired soon. I think that has somewhat subsided.

What can be done to salvage this season? Or do you think the return of Anthony Davis is definitely going to help? Just go ahead and break down whatever you want to talk about with the Lakers.

VINCENT GOODWILL: I don't know if Anthony Davis coming back is going to lead to everything changing. But look, for the Lakers to be-- and we've said this God knows how many times. For the Lakers to be worth a damn, Anthony Davis has to be the best player on that team. And that's no shade to LeBron, because LeBron is phenomenal and everything else. But you can't expect LeBron to be a top five player in basketball at his age, performing the way that he's performing, and believe that that's going to be a recipe for success.

The reason that LeBron partnered with Anthony Davis in my belief was that, look, this is a young stud that can help out on both ends of the floor and probably won't get in my way when I need to take over. But if LeBron is doing everything he has to right now just to keep this team afloat, he's not going to have anything left when April or May-- we're not even talking about June.

And to the coaching thing, I found it funny. And I meant to text you when I saw your tweet when you said, no changes will be made on this road trip. I was like, they're letting him get on a plane. When you get to the point of a coach's tenure when you are saying, man, we're letting Frank get on the plane today, you know what that means? You're already fired. The only one who just don't know it is you.

That means you're coming home, and you're lucky that your key work. You're lucky not even coming home to your place of work. That means you're coming home to your woman, and your key still work. Every time you walk in the house, you're like, damn, she ain't changed the locks yet. Woo, I survived another night. That's what it feels like with Frank Vogel. Maybe it has subsided.

But I don't know, Chris, what changes can be made. I know the whole Russell Westbrook experience has not gone well. And I don't know who could have anticipated that it was going to go well. But unless you can jump into the "Hot Tub Time Machine" and make LeBron 10 years younger or make Anthony Davis not injury-prone, I don't see how this helps you get through the West or even get out of the first round in the Western Conference, in my opinion.

CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, you make good points right there. Look, so my opinion has been that this is not a Frank Vogel issue. Now, I do understand that many people have a problem with the way he utilizes the rotation or maybe the way how he shuffles starting lineups. It's up for debate.

But is it worthy of a firing? No, I don't think it's a fireable offense because this roster, as you know, this was constructed by the front office not Frank Vogel. And some people will say this offense was, in large part, constructed by the man himself, LeBron James. The Russell Westbrook move, many of us questioned it from the beginning. This is Westbrook. This is the player he is. You've always known that. So it's hard for me to say Vogel has to go.

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