August 22, 2019
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Lakers introduce Frank Vogel as their new head coach

Los Angeles, USA, May 20 (efe-epa).- The Los Angeles Lakers on Monday introduced their new head coach, Frank Vogel, who agreed to a three-year contract.

"The perception about our team is not always the same as reality and you block out the noise," Vogel said at his presentation press conference, alluding to the team’s absence from the NBA playoffs for sixth consecutive season.

"There's going to be a lot of talk about getting our team back into the playoffs," he added.

Vogel, aged 45, replaces Luke Walton, who was fired last month.

A former coach of the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Heat, Frank Vogel is the fifth Los Angeles Lakers coach since the retirement of the legendary Phil Jackson in 2011.

Vogel was the third candidate to be offered the position, after Monty Williams, current assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, turned it down and instead signed a deal with the Phoenix Suns, and then former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue did not accept the offer of a three-year contract.

Vogel led the Indiana Pacers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and 2014. He has a career record of 304 wins and 291 losses.

"Our guys are going to be coached very hard," the new Lakers coach said at the press conference, which LeBron James attended but did not speak.

Vogel's hiring is an indication of the influence of Lakers advisor Kurt Rambis and former coach Phil Jackson, whose opinions were taken into account by team owner Jeanie Buss.

The opinion of general manager Rob Pelinka, the former agent of Kobe Bryant who had disagreements with Magic Johnson, was also key in the recruitment of Vogel.

"Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs," Pelinka said in a statement.

"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," he said.

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