The NBA regular season is in its final hours, and the end of the season will coincide with some coaches’ times with their NBA teams.
With the Los Angles Lakers officially eliminated from the playoffs on Tuesday night, head coach Frank Vogel may be one of those coaches.
According to recent reports from Jake Fischer from Bleacher Report, the Lakers are not expected to retain Vogel at the end of the season. They are already looking for new candidates to fill the position.
“Now, as the finish line for this tumultuous 2021-22 campaign mercifully arrives, the Lakers are still expected to part ways with embattled play-caller Frank Vogel, sources told B/R, and the anticipated vacancy on Los Angeles’ bench has produced no shortage of potential candidates linked to fill the position.”
Because of a San Antonio Spurs victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday, the Lakers will not participate in the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2019.
According to Fischer, replacement options are already being named by some reporters. NBA reporter Marc Stein wrote that Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder is a name being thrown around by many within the League.
A few other candidates linked to the job by Fischer include Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers and Lakers senior basketball advisor Kurt Rambis, who coached the Lakers in 1999.
“There will certainly be other candidates to replace Vogel. Multiple league figures contacted by B/R referenced the possibility that Laker’s senior basketball adviser Kurt Rambis returns to the sidelines after several previous coaching stops in the League,” Fischer wrote.
The Lakers are currently in 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 31-47 and only have three games remaining before their season – and possibly Vogel’s tenure with the team – come to an end.