After what the Los Angeles Lakers have been through this season, it’s no surprise that team general manager Rob Pelinka’s job isn’t as secure as he’d like. It turns out that league executives from across the NBA seem to share the exact same thoughts.
According to an NBA insider Michael Scotto of Hoops Hypethe general sentiment across the league is that Pelinka and Lakers headquarters mishandled the firing of former head coach Frank Vogel.
“Frank was definitely the scapegoat,” the anonymous executive said. “One more year for this front office, and if the results don’t improve significantly, they could be in line for further changes.”
Pelinka isn’t exactly in the hot seat right now, but her job security could be in jeopardy if the Lakers struggle again next season. They may have blamed Vogel for this year’s horrendous campaign, but it’s likely a lot of fingers will be pointed at Pelinka if the situation doesn’t improve soon.
“Vogel was the scapegoat. There is no doubt,” said a second unnamed executive. “I don’t think they treated him very well on the way out. I’m sure he’ll be fine. He is highly respected in the coaching community. He will be able to choose his place as a high-level assistant if that is something he wants to do.