NBA Coaching Tracker Latest Updates: Kings Hire Mike Brown; Lakers, who want to replace the fired Frank Vogel

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NBA teams tend to make coaching changes fairly quickly. A total of nine teams made changes during the 2020/21 season and the following offseason. It hasn’t been quite as active on the coaching front this year. So far, only three teams have started looking for a new coach.

The Sacramento Kings were first. They fired Luke Walton early in the season and immediately replaced him with Alvin Gentry as a workaround. Neither does Walton nor Gentry however, was able to break Sacramento’s longstanding playoff drought. Vivek Ranadive found the team’s next head coach when Warriors assistant Mike Brown agreed to take the job.

The Los Angeles Lakers were keen to change that Frank Vogel’s dismissal was leaked just seconds after their season ended. The Lakers missed the playoffs just two seasons after winning a championship, and while poor roster composition and injuries were largely to blame, Vogel took the fall. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers have one of the most coveted jobs on the market.

The Charlotte Hornets also came by Dismissal of James Borrego. Charlotte’s coach had enjoyed his most successful season with the Hornets, but another loss in the play-in round finally stripped him of his position.

There will certainly be more teams jumping on the coaching carousel by next season. So here’s our tracker of all the major changes happening on the bench.

NBA hires and layoffs

Sacramento Kings

Mike Brown

Luke Walton and Alvin Gentry

Sacramento left with the Warriors’ assistant coach to replace Luke Walton, who won 31 games in each of his two full seasons with the Kings but never made the playoffs in five full seasons as head coach. Mike Brown will try to bring Sacramento back into the postseason for the first time since 2006.

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Vogel

The Lakers only won a championship two years ago, but after a disappointing season marred by injuries and a poorly constructed roster, they’re now desperate to salvage what’s left of the LeBron James era while building for a future without him . Every coach they hire has to show they can tick both boxes.

Charlotte Hornets

James Borrego

Borrego couldn’t get the Hornets past the warm-up round, but with rising point guard LaMelo Ball in the lead, the Hornets have one of basketball’s most coveted jobs available. Without a starting center and looming financial problems, however, the Hornets’ next coach will have many problems to solve. NBA Coaching Tracker Latest Updates: Kings Hire Mike Brown; Lakers, who want to replace the fired Frank Vogel

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