Lakers hire Frank Vogel as next head coach

  • Lakers hire Frank Vogel as next head coach

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as next head coach

However, the press release announcing the move made no mention of the other alleged piece of the Lakers' new coaching setup.

According to an ESPN report Saturday, former Bucks and Nets head coach Jason Kidd is expected to join him as a lead assistant.

Vogel landed a multiyear deal for an undisclosed salary.

Instead, Rob Pelinka and Co. elected to submit the former Cavaliers boss and National Basketball Association champion merely a three-year offer; Lue proceeded to withdraw his name from consideration for the head coaching job. Numerous media reports indicated it is a three-year contract.

"I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team", he said.

But if Kidd didn't enjoy much success as a head coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee, going 183-90 through five years, what exactly did he sell the Lakers on?

Although LeBron James would likely never ask for a trade from the Lakers, it does seem like the Lakers are doing what they can to separate themselves from LeBron in any discussions about the team. He amassed a record of 250-181 through parts of six seasons with the Indiana Pacers from 2010-16, qualifying for the postseason in all but one of those campaigns and garnering four Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honors.

The New Jersey native also has experience as an assistant coach for the Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics for eight years between 2001 and 2011. A search for his replacement hit multiple speed bumps before the Lakers hired Frank Vogel, their third choice. The team reportedly was turned down by Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue.

The latest bit of rhetoric on that front has come from ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, while appearing on ESPN Radio 710 AM in Los Angeles, saying that the hiring of Frank Vogel was meant to "reset" the LeBron era and make the franchise more oriented to their young players.