Lakers coach Frank Vogel on his relationship with Jason Kidd: ’10 out of 10′
The Los Angeles Lakers may have settled on Frank Vogel as their choice for head coach this summer, but not before they showed serious interest in Jason Kidd, whom LeBron James deeply respects.
But the Lakers were not about to leave Kidd without a job in the organization, as they proceeded to hire him as an assistant.
Some have speculated that this could be a whole lot like the David Blatt-Tyronn Lue situation in Cleveland, where Lue eventually supplanted Blatt as head coach after a year and a half. However, Vogel doesn’t seem to be concerned about Kidd, saying his relationship with the former NBA point guard is “a 10 out of 10,” via ClutchPoints.
Of course, Vogel basically has to say that now. But if the Lakers get off to a slow start, you have to wonder just how the relationship between him and Kidd will be, especially if some begin to clamor for Kidd to take his job.
Vogel has plenty of coaching experience. He landed his first head coaching job with the Indiana Pacers midway through the 2010-11 campaign and was at the helm through 2015-16, leading the Pacers to five playoff appearances and a pair of trips to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Vogel then linked up with the Orlando Magic, where he lasted just two disastrous seasons, going 54-110.
Overall, Vogel owns a coaching record of 304-291.
Meanwhile, Kidd has coaching experience of his own, as he coached both the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks, going 183-190 with three playoff appearances. He was fired from his post as Bucks coach midway through the 2017-18 campaign.