The carousel can finally stop. The Los Angeles Lakers have decided upon a new head coach. Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Lakers have hired Frank Vogel to coach their team this upcoming season. He reports the deal is for three years.
Jason Kidd will be joining Vogel as an assistant, Wojnarowski also reports.
Vogel last coached the Magic and was fired at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Previously, he was head coach of the Indiana Pacers, where he led the team to several playoff appearances and gave LeBron James’ Heat team a run for their money. He has amassed a 304-291 record as a head coach.
Vogel will have a big season ahead of him, as the Lakers can’t afford another dud of a season with LeBron in his second year. He led a sorry Magic squad in his last season as a head coach, and isn’t coming into the job with a championship resume. But Vogel seemed to have a good relationship with his players wherever he went, and a veteran head coach will go a long way towards making sure LeBron is happy and the locker room remains steady. We’ll have to wait and see if Vogel has adjusted his coaching style to this new-look NBA, which will define this hire in the next year.