05/20 16:26 CDT Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers drama
Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers drama
By JOE REEDY
AP Sports Writer
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) --- Frank Vogel's goal to build "organizational
togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's
current dysfunction Monday.
Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' latest coach was almost overshadowed by
comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on
ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka was largely
responsible for his resignation as president of basketball operations, putting
the GM in the position of using the Vogel news conference to respond.
Pelinka said he has talked to Johnson several times since his resignation on
April 9 and said Johnson's comments surprised him.
Vogel aid the news conference took on a different tone than he imagined at the
start of the day