Last month, the Lakers lost their assistant coach for the past two years, Lionel Hollins, an accomplished NBA coach for decades.
According to Athletic, Hollins decided to leave after becoming discouraged by what he saw as a lack of frank communication from management.
Despite winning the championship in his first season as a head coach, Frank Vogel finally got a contract extension earlier this month, more than a year after winning a title. This is embarrassing considering that most coaches receive contract extensions relatively soon after winning a title. Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks recently got a three-year extension after winning a title last month.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, many in the league’s coaching circles speculate that Vogel’s extension only adds a year to his contract. Details of the expansion were very vague on the length of the expansion or any other specific details.
The Lakers finally gave Vogel his long-awaited contract extension on August 6 to ensure he doesn’t enter this season as a lame duck with an expiring deal, but the lingering lack of clarity on the details of overtime led to the presumption in training circles where only one season was completed despite the championship Vogel won in his first season in LA
Do you sense a trend here?
Lack of clarity and communication on contract negotiations with outgoing and incumbent coaches seems to be a common theme. Rob Pelinka and Kurt Rambis seem to be super elusive with short term coaching positions.
With the NBA so dominated by superstars, coaches are always the first on the chopping block when expectations aren’t met, and management generally views coaches as quick scapegoats. If Vogel’s one-year extension is indeed true, it would be safe to assume that he would be in the hot seat if the Lakers didn’t live up to expectations of winning their 18e NBA championship.