With Jason Kidd now in Dallas, the Lakers are hiring another former head coach with ties to LeBron James to take his place.
David Fizdale, former coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks, is expected to be the next new assistant for the Lakers under Frank Vogel, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Southern California News Group. It was first reported by ESPN.
Fizdale is an L.A. native who has nearly two decades of coaching experience in the NBA. Perhaps his most relevant resume section is his work as an assistant in Miami, where he was a part of the 2012 and 2013 championship Heat teams under Erik Spoelstra. It was this role that helped him gain a reputation as a strong communicator with star players, especially with James.
That role specifically is something the Lakers are looking to replace: Kidd, who officially accepted a head coaching job for the Mavericks this week, was regarded as the star whisperer on staff. James in particular has always spoken warmly of Fizdale during his Lakers tenure.
“I know Coach Fiz is a great coach, great communicator,” James said in 2020 when Fizdale was fired from the Knicks. “He just tries to motivate his players.”
As a head coach, Fizdale has enjoyed less success with a 71-134 record and being fired twice in the middle of his second season. His firing in Memphis was tied to chemistry issues…