by DC Livers
(BlackPressSports.com) – I’ll never forget the time I was interviewing Coach Frank Vogel about his expectations for an upcoming game with the Pacers and the Oklahoma Thunder game. I couldn’t figure out why he was kind of avoiding the question and making me work for the answer. Then suddenly, I realized Frank Vogel – who took the Pacers to the playoffs on many occasions – was no longer the coach of the Pacers – which explained why he was standing in front of the Orlando Magic backdrop.
I immediately ended the questions and slithered away. I was so embarrassed for asking an obviously DUMB QUESTION but then I saw this video reel below and now I felt completely redeemed but then I remembered what happened in May 2019 when I bumped into Coach Vogel in Chicago at the NBA Draft Lottery.
He hugged and said hello. We chatted for a minute and joked about the Pacers/Magic incident and then I looked at his shirt. NO LIE. I said, “Why do you have a Lakers shirt on?” Almost immediately I regretted asking. The news was broken the day before which was Mother’s Day a big day in the Black community but not so much for the NBA.
I was horrified. He was so kind saying, “Come on, DC. We’re going to do this again?!” We laughed. I congratulated him and made a quick exit. I couldn’t believe it had happened twice but it’s true: FRANK VOGEL is the Lakers head coach which you all know.
I’ll be adding a Google Alert to him by the end of the day and when I’m in LA for game coverage, it’s gonna be super fun!
Before you laugh – or right after – consider this: The NBA now runs press conferences LIVE on NBA.com so we are always thinking about ways to do our jobs without ending up trending the next day. It can be a lot of pressure.
For the most part, many of the athletes I’ve interviewed have been pretty respectful of me but I have definitely had some really bad experiences. Sometimes, I wish I could pull a Marshawn Lynch.