TheFrank Vogel was fired on Monday. The team elected to have their title-winning head coach take over for what has been one of the most disappointing seasons ever recorded in NBA history.
Vogel was still under contract until next season. However, almost nothing has gone right in the past two seasons for the rosters assembled and managed by Rob Pelinka, vice president of basketball operations, and general manager. Vogel, who ran the club for three seasons, went 127-98.
Pelinka refused to discuss Monday why Jeanie Buss and he felt Vogel should be fired.
Pelinka stated that today is not going be a day for finger-pointing or unwinding all the specific causes. “We felt, organizationally at the highest level of the organization, that it was time for a fresh voice. Frank Vogel has achieved incredible feats. He was a great instructor here and he's going on to be an outstanding coach anywhere else.
Pelinka has not stated that he plans to replace Vogel right away and that he hasn’t yet compiled a list. While it would be wonderful to have a coach on board before June's draft, the GM stated that the Lakers' search for a coach will be thorough and methodical.
According to league sources, the Lakers have not fired Vogel's coaching staff as of now.
The Lakers had a 33-49 record in the 2021-22 season, failing to qualify them for the play-in tournament.
Pelinka said, “This season was disappointing at every level for the Lakers.” “In spite of our disappointments, our fans expect more. That's true in every area. It begins in the front office with me and our ability build the right roster. It begins with coaches holding players accountable, and making sure that there is on-court execution.
Vogel and the Lakers faced constant challenges to their perseverance this season as they had to contend for injuries to stars.And A roster construction challenge that involved limited shooting and athleticism.
James spoke with the media Monday morning, before Vogel's fate were revealed by the Lakers' front desk.
James stated, “I respect Frank as both a coach and as a man.” “The partnership we've had in the past few years has been honest and full of great conversations. He is an amazing guy who gives his all to the game and prepares us for every night. … I don't know what Frank's doing, but I have nothing but respect for Frank.
Los Angeles was the only team to not have a single five-man lineup play 100 minutes together, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The Lakers only had James, Davis, and despite high expectations.For 21 games, they were together on the floor. They finished 11-10 in these contests.
After finishing the season first in 2020-21, and third in 2019,-20, the Lakers finished in the bottom 10 for offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency. They ranked 21st in defensive rating.
L.A. lost 18 games of the 24 following the All Star break. With only the, And Finishing with lower records in that time period.
Vogel was hired by the Department of Labor in May 2019 to help James and Davis build a cohesive team.Two months later. Vogel's plans worked immediately: His first team survived the NBA's COVID-19 shut down and won the 17th NBA championship in Orlando.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press and Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN.