The LA Lakers decided to place the blame for the team’s dismal performance this season squarely on the shoulders of its head coach Frank Vogel, who was let go on Monday.
Vogel was signed through the following season, however the squads built by VP of operations and GM Rob Pelinka, coached by Vogel have had very little success over the last two years.
On Monday, Pelinka refused to comment on terminating Vogel.
Pelinka’s Statements About The Firing Of Frank Vogel
“Today is not going to be a day of finger-pointing and unraveling all the precise reasons,” Pelinka said.
They felt that they needed a new voice at the topmost level. Not that I want to diminish Frank Vogel’s impressive list of achievements in any way. We lost a fantastic coach in him, but we’re gaining an even better one somewhere.
In fact, Pelinka hasn’t even started compiling a list of contenders to replace Vogel, and he has no plans to do so anytime soon. The general manager acknowledged that having a coach in place before the June draught “would be fantastic,” but he reassured fans that the Lakers will conduct a “thorough and systematic” search.
According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin’s league sources, the Lakers have not yet fired any of Frank Vogel’s coaching staff.
The Lakers had a final record of 33-49 in 2021-22, missing out on the play-in round of the playoffs.