In a stunning move amidst disheartening comments Magic Johnson made about the Lakers organization, and more importantly General Manager Rob Pelinka, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel to a multi-year contract with the terms not released on Monday.
“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” Pelinka said in a statement sitting alongside the new Laker. “Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”
Vogel was a career record of 304-291 in 595 games coaching the Pacers from 2010-16 and the Magic from 2016-18. In his time at Indiana, Vogel had the opportunity of coaching and building up an Eastern Conference contender, with the likes of Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West, George Hill and Lance Stephenson leading them to five playoffs appearances and two straight Eastern Conference Finals between 2013-14.
Vogel will have his work cutout for him after rumors of LeBron James being a bit disgruntled with the antics of the front office and organization. He will have opportunity to mold and shape young players like Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram into strong defensive minded team like he did for Indiana.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” Vogel said. “I look forward to coaching such a phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.”