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Assessing the LA Lakers Coaching Staff for 2020-21

| December 7, 2020 3:15 am PDT
Los Angeles Lakers Coaching Staff Analysis 2020-21

The Lakers are the odds-on favorite to repeat as NBA champs for a good reason. Not only did they secure LeBron and AD, but they bolstered their roster in a big way and added a lot of balance to their lineup.

The part nobody talks about is the coaches.

Frank Vogel was hired in 2019 and brought in five assistants, and the group wasted no time delivering a title to Tinseltown. Let’s get more acquainted with the seven-man crew that accounts for the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff.

Frank Vogel – Lakers Head Coach

Eyebrows were raised on May 13th, 2019, when Frank Vogel was appointed as the Lakers head coach. He wasn’t the splashy hire that many in La La Land were hoping for, and there were plenty of question marks following an unsuccessful stint in Orlando.

The New Jersey native quickly dispelled any concerns about his pedigree or his coaching style when the Lakers hit the ground running. LA kept their foot on the gas pedal in the bubble and throughout the playoffs, and we all know the end result.

Staring at a golden opportunity to add another title (or two) on his resume, Frank Vogel has a chance to sprinkle his name into Los Angeles Laker’s lore.

Meet the Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Coaches

Of the six assistants on the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff, two have been head coaches in this league before. Only one was here before Vogel arrived in 2019.

Jason Kidd

Given the bevy of head coaching positions that were available this offseason, I’m surprised that Jason Kidd is returning to LA as an assistant. Perhaps the former Nets and Bucks HC is eyeing a specific gig. The 10x All-Star was born in San Francisco and played his college ball at Cal, so perhaps he’s patiently waiting for Steve Kerr to move on from the Dubs.

Phil Handy

If a basketball player wants to contend for a ring, he may as well just follow where Phil Handy goes. The former player development coach for the Lakers from 2011-2013 then spent six seasons in Cleveland and one in Toronto. He joined the Los Angels Lakers coaching staff in 2019 and has now coached in six consecutive NBA Finals.

Lionel Hollins

Hollins boasts an impressive track record that includes leading the Grizzlies to the playoffs in three straight seasons (2011-2013). Lionel took the Grizz all the way to the Western Conference Finals in his final season in Memphis and guided the Nets to the postseason the very next year.

Quinton Crawford

Just 30 years old (9-18-90), Quinton Crawford enters his second season as an assistant on the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. Crawford served as the assistant video coordinator in Orlando while Vogel was coaching the Magic.

Mike Penberthy

Mike Penberthy had a short and rather inconspicuous career playing in the NBA. In fact, he played just 56 total games during the 2000-2001 season, averaging a shade over 15 minutes per game. Worth noting, those 56 games were as a member of the Purple and Gold, and Penberthy won a championship.

Penberthy began his coaching career as a shooting coach for the Timberwolves and held the same position with the Pelicans before being hired in LA in 2019.

Miles Simon

The lone component of the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff who was in LA prior to Frank Vogel being hired. Luke Walton brought Simon on board due to their ties from the University of Arizona, and it’s clear that Miles has since proved his worth.

My Assessment of the LA Lakers Coaches

Lionel Hollins is a defensive genius, and Mike Penberthy is a shooting fanatic. Jason Kidd provides leadership and shares his off-the-charts basketball IQ with the entire organization.

Phil Handy’s established rapport with LeBron is key, and Mile Sanders and Quinton Crawford have carved out substantial roles.

With Frank Vogel and his entire staff returning to LA intact, it’s absolutely “championship or bust” for the Lake Show in 2021.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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