LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Lakers are getting some much needed help back on the COVID-19 front, as head coach Frank Vogel has cleared protocols and is eligible to return to all basketball activities.
Vogel was forced to miss six games due to the virus, a span in which the Lakers lost five of those six matchups.READ MORE: Embiid Scores 26, Leads 76ers Past LeBron-Less Lakers, 105-87
He made a triumphant return on Friday evening, leading the Purple and Gold to a 139-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.READ MORE: LeBron Ruled Out For Thursday's Matchup Against 76ers
Assistant Coach David Fizzdale took over the helm in Vogel’s absence.
According to ESPN, Vogel is one of 10 head coaches who have entered COVID-19 protocols this season, including: Chauncey Billups, Rick Carlisle, Mark Daigneault, Billy Donovan, Alvin Gentry, Michael Malone, Doc Rivers and Monty Williams.MORE NEWS: Kobe Bryant Remembered On 2-Year Anniversary Of His Death
The same-town rival Clippers were on the opposite end of the spectrum on Friday, as head coach Ty Lue was forced to enter COVID-19 protocols.