The coaching hunt got so ugly that Lakers fans staged a protest outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles last week to voice their unhappiness with the team since adding LeBron James last summer. The fans were mainly calling for the Buss family to sell the team, and to move on from general manager Rob Pelinka.
Moving on from that forgettable day, the Lakers were actually able to bring in two candidates from their coaching search, as they also hired Jason Kidd to be on Vogel's coaching staff. The former Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks head coach will be in a "prominent assistant role" with the Lakers. The addition of Kidd is huge for the Lakers for his potential work with point guard Lonzo Ball, along with his already strong relationship with James.
The 45-year-old Vogel is the third coach that received an offer from the Lakers this off-season, joining Lue and Williams, as his relationship with Kurt Rambis played a role in the Lakers' interest. His best coaching stint came with the Pacers, where they reached two straight Eastern Conference Finals in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. He ended up spending five seasons with Indiana, along with two forgettable years with the Orlando Magic. His time near Disney World included 29 and 25 win seasons, as he was only there from 2016 to 2018. Because of that, he will focus on his time with the Pacers, where he went 250-181, which is the second-most wins in franchise history, and his .580 win percentage is good for second-highest as well. He will now look for similar success with the the man that held his Pacers out of the NBA Finals, that being LeBron James.