September 27, 2022

Los Angeles Lakers sack head coach Frank Vogel after failing to make NBA playoffs

Frank Vogel, appointed by the Lakers in 2019, led the franchise to an NBA championship in his first season in charge and despite a first-round playoff exit last year, saw his contract extended to 2023; LeBron James says he respects Vogel “as a coach and as a man”

The Los Angeles Lakers have confirmed the sacking of head coach Frank Vogel following the team’s failure to make the NBA playoffs.

Vogel, appointed by the Lakers in 2019, led the franchise to an NBA championship in his first season in charge and despite a first-round playoff exit last year, saw his contract extended to 2023.

However, injuries to stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis and a poorly-built roster contributed to the Lakers’ struggling to an eventual 33-49 record, only good enough for 11th in the Western Conference.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Frank both on and off the court,” Lakers general manger Rob Pelinka said.

“This is an incredibly difficult decision to make, but one we feel is necessary at this point. All of us here wish Frank and his wonderful family all the best for the future.”

Overall, Vogel is 431-389 in 11 seasons as head coach of the Indiana Pacers (2010-16), Orlando Magic (2016-18) and Lakers, who will hold a news conference later on Monday.