LeBron James: Los Angeles Lakers CONFIRM Frank Vogel as new head coach of NBA franchise
Vogel will take over from Luke Walton on a multi-year contract, effective immediately.
The 45-year-old had been linked with the role for a number of days, after reports emerged late last week that he was the leading candidate.
The Lakers had originally interviewed Ty Lue for the role, and it was believed that he would be given the job.
However, he failed to negotiate terms and reportedly demanded a longer contract than the two-year deal offered.
Instead, the Lakers moved forward and announced on Monday night that they had handed Vogel the task of rebuilding on a terrible season last year.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced that he was delighted to welcome Vogel, and hinted that the move was a push to get the team back towards playoff contention.
“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” said Pelinka.
“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.”
The Lakers missed out on the playoffs last season, after finishing tenth in the NBA’s Western Conference.
Following a disappointing spell whilst LeBron James was injured, the team failed to continue their same momentum and were unable to maintain good results.
But Vogel is still confident that he will be able to get the team playing well.
“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” he said.
“I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.”
Vogel was previously the assistant head coach at the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, but most recently held the role of head coach of the Orlando Magic.
He was fired at the end of the 2017-18 NBA season, which saw the Magic finish with a record of 25-57.
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