Frank Vogel and Danny Green own homes near one another in California, and the ex-Los Angeles Lakers head coach apparently is willing to do whatever it takes to help a former player.
Green played one season under Vogel with the Lakers, who fired the coach after Los Angeles missed the playoffs this season. Green, during the Philadelphia 76ers’ postseason run, suffered a brutal ACL and LCL injury that will keep him out into next season.
After the injury, text messages came flooding in for Green. On his podcast, Green said he found the text he got from Vogel to be both his favorite and the funniest he got.
“A lot of my coaches – and that goes from my high school coach to Coach (Roy) Williams to Frank Vogel, who was my favorite text message, who showed a lot of love because he knows that we live in the same area when we’re in California. So he said, ‘whenever you’re back home, I’m your man. You need me to run some errands for you, let me know, I’m right down the street. I could do this for you, do that for you.
“I’m like, ‘Coach, appreciate you man, but I’m not going to ask you do to any favors. I’ll stop by and say hello, I’ll see you, but I’m not going to have you running errands for me when I’m in California.’ But he offered to do that for me, which is pretty great.”
That’s a kind gesture from Vogel, who, based on Green’s telling of the story, sounded like he genuinely would do whatever Green needed.
As for the veteran wing, he’s been very forthright that he’s planning to recover quickly from the injury, hoping to be back early some point next calendar year.