Lakers officially hire Frank Vogel, bring an end to scrutinized coaching search

first_imgIt’s never quite over until the ink is dry.In that sense, the Lakers’ coaching search truly ended Monday afternoon, as the team officially announced what had been known for more than 48 hours – it has hired Frank Vogel to be the 27th head coach in its history. The hiring had been anticipated since Saturday afternoon, when a team source confirmed that Vogel would be hired to the Southern California News Group.“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a team-issued statement. “Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”The hiring announcement marked the first public statement by the upper levels of the organization in more than a month, when the Lakers announced Luke Walton would not return as head coach after a three-year stint. The Lakers’ top officials have been largely tight-lipped since April 9 when team president Magic Johnson resigned – he has yet to be officially replaced. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers will officially introduce Vogel on May 20, following the NBA’s draft lottery and combine this week in Chicago.The 45-year-old New Jersey native has twice been an NBA head coach before: He led his most successful teams with the Indiana Pacers, accumulating a 250-181 record. He most recently coached two years with the Orlando Magic, finishing with a 54-110 record.The Lakers will charge Vogel to find a way back to the postseason following a six-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. He’ll be expected to find a breakthrough where his predecessor, Walton (98-148 record), could not. He’ll have the advantages – and the challenges – of coaching LeBron James through his current contract, which runs through the next three seasons (final year is a player option0. He’ll also likely inherit promising young players from recent drafts, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, with the task of molding them into pieces of a contending squad.Vogel has been to the postseason five times in eight seasons as a head coach. He’s twice reached the conference finals, contending with James’ Miami Heat teams in 2013 and 2014. Part of his success was built on cultivating a strong relationship with Paul George, whom Vogel helped develop into a perennial All-Star. He has a reputation as a defense-first coach who twice led the NBA’s stingiest unit (statistically).“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” Vogel said. “I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Vogel’s official hire marks the end of a lengthy and sometimes fraught coaching search for the Lakers. As recently as a week ago, they were widely expected to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, whose deep-rooted relationship with James includes three straight NBA Finals appearances and the 2016 championship. Talks broke down Wednesday, with Lue reportedly taking issue with the years and salary offered by the Lakers, as well as the team’s desire to dictate assistant coaches on the staff.The team did not officially announce any assistant coaches as of Monday afternoon, but they are expected to bring in former Nets and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as an assistant. Kidd, 46, had previously interviewed for the head coaching role.The Lakers also interviewed Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns; Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard; and former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff.The Lakers did not release the terms of Vogel’s deal. ESPN has reported that it spans three years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 2013

first_imgSaturday, March 16, 2013•1:11 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block. W. 2nd, Wellington.•2:52 a.m. Jarred M. Richards, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined on a state of Oklahoma warrant for theft of an automobile.•11:35 a.m. Officer took a report of a found payroll check in the 1700 block N. B, Wellington. Sunday, March 17, 2013•1:02 a.m. Aaron C. Sandell, 28, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended and defective taillamps in the 500 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•8:08 p.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 300 block. E. 14th, Wellington.•10:31 p.m. Jonathan E. Fuhrmann, 27, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear cited with defective headlamps. Wellington Police Notes for Friday, March 15, to Sunday, March 17, 2013Friday, March 15, 2013:•4:05 a.m. Wesley J. Hodges, 23, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear charged with transporting an open container and seatbelt violation.•4:18 p.m. James R. Cartmill, 22, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol &/or drugs, driving while license is suspended, no proof of insurance and no headlamps when wequired in the 1100 block. N. A, Wellington.•4:23 a.m. Wesley J. Hodges, 23, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington Warrant for a charge of theft.•8:10 a.m. John Arebalo, 34, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog at large, no tags and no rabies vaccination.•9:45 a.m. Darrel W. Gaskill, 52, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with spilling material on roadway.•On March 14th, at 2:34 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal welfare check in the 100 block, Wellington.•12 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.•4:45 p.m. Carl J. Hensley, 56, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with dog shelter violation for being unsanitary.•5:02 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of money by a known suspect in the 200 block. N. Ash, Wellington.•6:21 p.m. Officers took a report of a found cell phone in the 300 block. S. Jefferson, Wellington.•7:59 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block. W. Lincoln, Wellington.•9:20 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1500 block E. Lincoln, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Taven S. Vargas, 19, Wellington and an animal.last_img read more