Lakers Fans Furious After Kendrick Perkins Reveals He Received Coaching Offer

Published 04/12/2022, 1:46 AM EDT

After missing the playoffs entirely, the Los Angeles Lakers have parted ways with head coach Frank Vogel. However, they do not seem to have one candidate in mind. In fact, while on ESPN’s First Take, Kendrick Perkins revealed that the Lakers ended up offering him a coaching job.

There has been a lot of discussion around the topic, especially as many wonder what kind of coach the team is looking for.


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Vogel’s overall term with the team was limited, especially since he was hired in 2019. The high point of his stint with the Lakers was the 2020 Championship. Unfortunately, the team has struggled to perform in the subsequent seasons.

Why did the Lakers want to hire Kendrick Perkins?

As mentioned, Perkins revealed that the Lakers actually offered him an assistant coaching job. “You know why? Because they wanted me to come in and be that guy that could have Frank Vogel’s back but be respected by the guys in the locker room,” Perkins added.


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Perkins further added that they need someone to hold them accountable, even mentioning Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem in the process.

Fans react to Perkins’ revelation

Save for a few speaking in Perkins’ favor, most reactions by fans were slightly negative. They expressed discontent and disbelief over Perkins’ revelations.

Apr 5, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel reacts against the Phoenix Suns in the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

One major reason could be the lack of coaching experience on Perkins’ side. The former NBA star has been an analyst for ESPN since 2018, but can easily be seen as a veteran in the NBA world. Furthermore, Perkins has played with players like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo, James Harden, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Durant, and Kevin Garnett.

Unfortunately, Perkins’ experience does not seem enough for fans to want him as a coach.

Furthermore, the team might just need a fresh approach to win next year.


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Can a coaching change help the Lakers?

After a major roster change, the Lakers were unable to perform during the 2021-22 season. With a series of losses towards the end, they were eventually knocked out of contention, missing out on a place in the playoffs.

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While no one can say for certain, a coaching change might just give the team some perspective.

Who do you think should coach the Lakers? Let us know in the comments below.




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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.