The Los Angeles Lakers have found a replacement for outgoing assistant coach Jason Kidd. The team is close to finalizing a deal to hire former New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies coach to join their crew according to ESPN’s Adrian Voinarowski.
The Lakers are finalizing a deal to hire former Knicks and Grizzlies coach David Vizdale as an assistant coach, ESPN sources report.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2021
Fizdale became famous for his relationship with LeBron James when he was a longtime assistant on Erik Spoelstra’s team with the Miami Heat during the “Big 3” era with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Wojnarowski report That Fiz had many options for key assistant opportunities before joining the Frank Vogel staff.
David David’s chances as head coach were not as successful as his time in Miami. The two periods of basic training lasted less than two seasons with a quick exit in the second seasons.
In New York, he was fired from just 22 games in the 2019-20 season with 21-83 as the Knicks coach. At Memphis, Wiesdal surprised many by taking the Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season. At the time, he was known for his infamous shout that he closed with the phrase “Take that for data!”.
Next season after Reports of a feud with Marc Gasol And questionable changes to the roster, he was dismissed after a 7-12 start in the 2017-18 season with a record 50-51 overall. The shooting of Anne LeBron, De Wade and others public interrogation.
The Lakers add one of the most respected and beloved coaches by players across the league with plenty of coaching experience. Fizdale was an assistant at the Golden State Warriors in 2003-04, and the Atlanta Hawks (2004-08) before moving to Miami from 2008 to 2016.