Report: Los Angeles hires Quinton Crawford as an assistant on Frank Vogel’s staff
The Los Angeles Lakers have hired Quinton Crawford as an assistant coach, according to Brad Turner of the LA Times.
Crawford was a video coordinator and player-development coach with the Charlotte Hornets last season. He spent two seasons on first-year Lakers coach Frank Vogel’s staff with the Orlando Magic, first joining the team as assistant video coordinator in 2016. Crawford was promoted to head video coordinator and player-development coach the following season, before being hired by the Hornets following Vogel’s dismissal.
The University of Arizona product got his first NBA coaching job in 2015 as an assistant video coordinator with the Sacramento Kings. He’d previously been a graduate assistant at Pepperdine University and intern at NBA Summer League. Crawford played two seasons at Arizona after transferring from junior college, appearing in nine games before graduating.
Vogel signed a three-year contract with Los Angeles in May after parting ways with Luke Walton a few weeks earlier. His most recent job was with the Magic, who he guided to a 54-110 win-loss record over two seasons. The 45-year-old is best known for his time with the Indiana Pacers at the top of the decade. He led Indiana to playoff appearances in five of his six seasons with the team, including back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals berths in 2013 and 2014 – a pair of hard-fought series both won by LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
The Lakers, with James and Anthony Davis, have realistic championship hopes next season for the first time since 2012-13. Former Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, who interviewed to be Los Angeles’ head coach, is the most notable name on Vogel’s staff.