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Lakers sensitive to suggestions Jason Kidd will undercut Frank Vogel, have told media Kidd doesn’t want to do interviews

Lakers, Frank Vogel, Jason Kidd

The Los Angeles Lakers are sensitive to suggestions that Jason Kidd will undercut head coach Frank Vogel, so much so that they have told the media Kidd doesn’t want to do interviews, according to Mark Heisler of the Orange County Register.

Kidd is one of Vogel’s assistant coaches on the Lakers. When the Lakers hired Kidd, many people began to speculate that Kidd would eventually take Vogel’s job if the team got off to a slow start this season.

It doesn’t look like that will happen, though, as the Lakers are 7-1 on the season:

The Lakers hired Vogel, arriving under the shakiest circumstances. Vogel had been first contacted only to be an assistant. His introductory press conference was the one eclipsed by Magic Johnson’s latest TV broadside against Pelinka. Vogel was asked to take Jason Kidd, who had tried to promote himself as a head coaching candidate, as an assistant, a suggestion the new coach could hardly have resisted. Kidd has a well-known reputation for backstage intrigue. The Lakers are so sensitive to suggestions that he will undercut Vogel, they have told press people that Jason doesn’t want to do interviews, making him their first assistant who’s off-limits to the press.

Kidd is one of the best point guards in NBA history. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. The Lakers believe having Kidd, LeBron James and Rajon Rondo all in one locker will pay dividends down the line.

LeBron, Rondo and Kidd are three of the smartest basketball minds on the planet.