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LOS ANGELES – Frank Vogel was probably not the first choice of the Lakers for head coach or even their second choice.
Per Adrian of ESPN Wojnarowski, the Lakers commissioned Vogel with a three-year contract to replace Luke Walton, who moved to LA's 37-win season at the Sacramento Kings. Los Angeles had been followed by Monty Williams, who chose the Phoenix Suns, and Tyronn Lue, who turned away from what he supposedly considered lowball.
The key to take away is not necessarily the coach for which the team decided to hire; it is who specifically directed the search and made the final recommendation that the owner Jeanie Buss approved. After all, there had been a power vacuum that had formed after president of basketball operations Earvin "Magic" Johnson had resigned on the last day of the season.
One person familiar with the negotiations said that it was not CEO Rob Pelinka, but senior basketball consultant Kurt Rambis, who coordinated Vogel's hiring. He also made the move for Jason Kidd, who will serve as co-coach on the bench.
Several executives suggested in the survey that the Lakers should make sure their front office hierarchy is set before hiring a coach. Rambis joins the role.
An executive even called him the "shadow president" of the Lakers.
The team hired Rambis in September to work under Johnson to support both the team's basketball and coaching staff. His wife, Linda Rambis, is the closest consultant to Buss as managing director of Lakers for special projects.
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If anything, call it the "Triangle of Trust" by Buss, Rambis and Rambis. It does not appear that Team Johnson will replace it in any other way, since the organization has not held a press conference since its departure to explain its structure or future plans.
It is also unclear how LeBron James deals in particular with the hiring after the team's coaged negotiations with his former Cleveland Cavaliers coach. Except for Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat, only Lue James has coached to an NBA championship. The Lakers obviously need their star player to buy into Vogel's system, and that's overseeing next year.
In Kidd, the team adds an obvious mentor to Lonzo Ball.
Kidd was one of the best point guards of his time, and like Ball, preferred to make a score before a score. Kidd is also a former teammate of James, albeit with Team USA. By the way, the potential free agent and possible target of the Lakers, Kyrie Irving, grew up in New Jersey, where Kidd was All-Star-Point Guard with the Nets.
Kidd is a controversial attitude. In 2014, he broke one of the standard protocols in coaching and campaigned for someone else's job when he was still employed. Finally, he replaced Larry Drew as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
At the time Howard Beck of Bleacher Report wrote: "Kidd has trampled on any notion of professional decency with his brazen power play in Brooklyn and his awkward escape to Milwaukee."
But Bird is the head coach, so Kidds History is not such an important factor, right?
It could be a "disaster," said the executive. "I'm most worried when I'm having fun as an assistant," says Vogel in essence, he has to be careful.
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So much drama, but what about Vogel as a coach? After six most successful seasons with the Indiana Pacers he had little success with the Orlando Magic. The team has won only 54 games in two years, although the squad was not very good. His successor Steve Clifford led the Magic to 42 wins and a playoff seat last year.
"Frank was not a terrible coach [with the Magic]," explained Steve Kyler of basketball insiders, The Bird First Hand, Orlando reported, Bleacher Report said. "Given the situation he inherited with Scott Skiles, who suddenly left the office and has to pick up the pieces in a desperate office, he handled things really well."
One year after Vogel's tenure, the Magic dropped by General Manager Rob Hennigan, who hired John Hammond in his place.
"Bird was doomed to fail due to the change of management in Orlando" Kyler continued . "As much as he was liked by executives, he was a remnant of an earlier regime that really wanted his own man, there was never any negative on the player side at Vogel, in fact, most experienced players liked him and his." calm appearance.
As for his actual coaching style, Kyler said: "While his team was defensively solid, he was not overly creative or inventive offensive. Late in games, things in individual games would be different from the perimeter and some players emerged as favorites, sometimes despite their production.
The Lakers have one of the best individual scorers in the game in James, they now have a coach, and what they need next is stability.
The franchise is still planning to raise the salary cap signing free agents, be it Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler or Irving, the New Orleans pelicans have yet to decide on the fate of All-Star Anthony Davis, who demanded a deal earlier this year.
Fans may be staggering in the present, but a "yes" from a top free agent and the Lakers can finally return to the playoffs after a six-year absence.
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