By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired their new head coach. And he does not have any ties to LeBron James.
The Lakers hired Frank Vogel to be their new head coach. He received a three-year deal.
In addition, the Lakers have hired Jason Kidd to be Vogel’s lead assistant.
The Lakers were considering six other coaches before landing on Vogel. They were even close at one point to hire Tyronn Lue — a former Laker and former head coach of James — but things fell a part when he refused to accept a three-year deal.
Lue wanted a five-year deal. Plus, he wanted to pick his own assistant coaches, but the Lakers wanted him to hire Jason Kidd.
The 45-year-old Wildwood Crest, New Jersey native has been out of coaching this season. He last served two seasons as the Orlando Magic head coach.
With the Magic, he went 54-110. Both times the team finished fifth in the Southeast Division and missed the playoffs.
Before accepting the Magic head coaching job, he also spent six seasons as the Indiana Pacers head coach. He went 250-181 during his tenure there.
He guided the team to the playoffs in five of the six seasons. The lone season the Pacers did not make the playoffs during his tenure was the 2014-15 season when the team went 38-44.
Vogel guided the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Both times, they were defeated by the Miami Heat.
He has a 31-30 playoff record. Three of the five playoff appearances, Vogel guided his team to either the Conference Semifinals or the Conference Finals.