The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to their past as they try to build the future of their organization. Five-time Lakers championship coach Phil Jackson is consulting the team on its search to replace former head coach Frank Vogel, per ESPN. Jackson was also consulted during the search that led to Vogel’s hiring, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jackson’s involvement in the coaching search is hardly surprising. He has a longstanding personal relationship with owner Jeanie Buss, and The Athletic reported in March that Jackson had been in frequent contact with Buss about the team. The Lakers have a tendency to stay within the family when it comes to team matters. They consult those who have succeeded with the team in the past, including Magic Johnson, who resigned as team president in 2019, but as Buss revealed, is still frequently consulted. Jackson falls under the same umbrella.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 3, 2022
Phil Jackson is advising the Lakers on their coaching search, @espn reports.
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