The Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Frank Vogel yesterday after one of the most shocking underperformances in NBA history. Loaded with high-end talent including LeBron James, LA was considered a lock to contend for a championship this season. The Lakers instead crawled through a quagmire of a season that saw very little to make fans happy.
As the smoke begins to clear and the dust settles, the Lakers’ front office has a lot of big decisions to make. First, they will have to deal with the reported friction between stars LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Next, the team needs a new head coach.
Plenty of names have been bandied about thus far. It is all speculation until the team publicly announces an interest in a candidate. The Athletic has reported that LeBron James already has his favorite in mind.
“And here’s a tidbit to monitor as the Lakers conduct their latest coaching search: Sources say James would be very enthused by the prospect of Mark Jackson landing the job. But as history tells us, that doesn’t mean it will actually happen.”
There could be a power struggle between LeBron James and the Lakers if they decide to go in another direction. It is a delicate situation for the team. Choosing a coach that LeBron doesn’t want to play for could mean further disaster.
Mark Jackson coached the Golden State Warriors for several years. Jackson was unable to bring a championship to the Bay Area. Steve Kerr won the team’s first title the following year after Jackson was fired. Plenty of teams have passed on Mark, but if LeBron James wants him, the Lakers front office will have no choice but to listen.
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