"Los Angeles Lakers fire Frank Vogel after disappointing 33-49 season, plan 'methodical' search for new HC"

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"The Los Angeles Lakers fired Frank Vogel on Monday, choosing their title-winning head coach to take the fall for one of the most disappointing seasons in NBA history."

"Vogel coached the Lakers to the 2020 championship, but L.A. was the NBA's biggest disappointment this season"

"The Lakers, winners of the 2020 NBA championship under Vogel, entered the season as Western Conference favorites."

"They failed to live up to that mantle due to a combination of injuries, age, a poorly-built roster and mismanagement of that roster."

"And last Tuesday, they were officially eliminated from playoff contention."

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"They closed the season with a 33-49 record."

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"Now Vogel is paying the price for their failure and has been removed from his position as coach less than two years after leading the Lakers to the title."

"In truth, the Lakers were hardly committed to Vogel even when they hired him."

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"They had initially planned to hire Ty Lue, but when they offered him only a three-year deal and demanded control over his coaching staff, he declined the offer and the Lakers turned to Vogel."

"Yet even after Vogel won a championship, he still needed to wait until after the 2020-21 season to earn a contract extension."

"The Lakers, meanwhile, will now search for their sixth full-time head coach since Phil Jackson retired in 2011."

"Traditionally, teams almost never fire coaches so soon after a championship. But the Lakers are not a traditional organization. They demand excellence year in, year out."

"They've made it clear that any coach that can't live up to that standard will be out of a job."

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