Sources: Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd on staff
Adrian Wojnarowski | ESPN
Former Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told ESPN, with Jason Kidd agreeing to join Vogel’s staff in a prominent assistant-coaching role.
Vogel’s hiring speaks to the significant influence of Lakers adviser Kurt Rambis and former coach Phil Jackson, whose opinions weigh heavily with owner Jeanie Buss. Vogel was the runner-up to Jeff Hornacek when Jackson hired a New York Knicks replacement for Derek Fisher in the summer of 2016.
Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka had spent the past few days gathering information from those who have worked with both Vogel and Kidd about how they believe those two could complement each other on a Lakers coaching staff, league sources said.
Under Vogel, the Lakers are unlikely to distinguish between a top assistant and the rest of the coaches. One Lakers source described it as “the Phil Jackson model” of assembling a staff.
Vogel, 45, flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with Pelinka and his front office and had detailed discussions on how Vogel would approach the possibility of taking over what has become a volatile situation.
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The Lakers have been under tremendous pressure to partner LeBron James with a suitable replacement to Luke Walton and to start to quell the turmoil that’s surrounding the organization.
Vogel knows James very well, with James having gone 30-15 against Vogel in his career, his third-most wins against a single head coach, including playoffs. Vogel has also been eliminated three times by a James-led team in the playoffs, tied for the most by any head coach.
The only head coach to face a James-led team more often in the playoffs than Vogel is Golden State’s Steve Kerr.
As much as Vogel has to be judged on a difficult two-season tenure with the Magic (2016-18) during which he won 29 and 25 games with a rebuilding team, he did build a strong reputation in his five full seasons with the Pacers, who advanced to the Eastern Conference finals during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
Vogel went 250-181 while leading the Pacers, the second-most wins and second-highest win percentage (.580) by a head coach in franchise history
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne and ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this report.