3 possible Frank Vogel replacements

David Fizdale, Los Angeles Lakers

David Fizdale, Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to replace former head coach Frank Vogel after three seasons.

With Frank Vogel likely out, the Los Angeles Lakers need to find a new head coach to lead them.

The Lakers failed spectacularly this season. Not only was the lineup aging horribly, it was poorly constructed. Even with LeBron James and several other future Hall of Famers on the list, the Lakers couldn’t even make the Western Conference play-in tournament this spring. Although this can be an incredibly difficult task for someone, someone will have to do it.

Here are three candidates who make sense to replace Frank Vogel as the Lakers’ next head coach.

Los Angeles Lakers: 3 substitutes for Frank Vogel as next head coach


David Fizdale

assistant coach Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Vogel replacement: David Fizdale is a logical candidate

With his previous two stints as NBA head coaches ended, David Fizdale will find it difficult to get his third chance at running a franchise. While there were moments when he initially led the Memphis Grizzlies where he looked like he was the guy, things quickly changed for him in the MidSouth. After that, his short run at the helm of the New York Knicks was nothing short of a disaster.

Why does Fizdale make sense with the Lakers? Well, he’s one of James’ boys from their Miami Heat days together. Not to say the Lakers’ situation is incredibly toxic right now, but they aren’t ready to get an elite candidate right now. Fizdale could essentially put out the fire and help lead the underperforming Lakers back to the playoffs in James’ final years.

Ultimately, the Lakers can get a better candidate than Fizdale, but he’s a group of a handful of candidates worthy of desperate retreaded form. Undoubtedly there are a lot of benefits to coaching James and the Lakers, but it can get very messy. Look no further than how things went for Vogel. Other candidates similar to Fizdale’s include Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni and Kenny Atkinson.

This isn’t a move Lakers fans should be happy about, but Fizdale may have the ability to fix the ship. 3 possible Frank Vogel replacements

John Verrall

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