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After Three Seasons, Frank Vogel is Finished as Lakers Head Coach
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was fired on Monday following the conclusion of the team’s unhappy 33-49 season Sunday with a 146 to 141 overtime victory at the Denver Nuggets.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Frank both on and off the court,” Rob Pelinka, the Lakers Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager said in a statement on NBA.com. “Frank is a great coach and a good man. We will forever be grateful to him for his work in guiding us to the 2019-20 NBA championship. 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.”
Despite leading the team to its 17th NBA World Championship in 2020, Vogel’s ousting comes as no surprise to America’s sports writers, who were posting the news Sunday evening, starting with ESPN, which predicted that the decision to fire Vogel was “expected to be shared with him as soon as Monday.”
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