NBA. The Lakers are going to fire their coach.
The Los Angeles Lakers will fire coach Frank Vogel after a very disappointing 2021-22 season. The official announcement should come on Monday, reports the American press.
Vogel, in charge since 2019 after coaching Indiana (2011-16) and Orlando (2016-18), is under contract with the Lakers until 2022-23.
According to ESPN journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, always very well informed, citing sources inside the California franchise, Vogel’s departure will be formalized on Monday.
Vogel, upon his arrival, had led the Lakers to the NBA title in 2020, the 17th in their history and the first since 2010, but LeBron James and his teammates then chained two very disappointing seasons: elimination in the 1st round of the play-offs in 2020-21, 11th place in the 2021-22 regular season.
The Lakers have conceded this season 49 defeats for 33 victories, with 18 losses in the last 24 matches despite the presence in the workforce of « King James », Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, who arrived last July from Washington.
But this « Big 3 » was not spared from injuries and was rarely aligned together (21 matches).