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Lakers’ Rob Pelinka vows to make adjustments ‘to be better’

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Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ basic supervisor and vp of basketball operations, started his information convention Monday by thanking fired coach Frank Vogel.

“I wish to thank him for 3 actually robust years,” Pelinka mentioned, wishing Vogel and his household nicely sooner or later. “Frank is a superb man, a fantastic coach.”

He then talked about how disappointing the Lakers’ 33-49 season had been, sharing blame with the gamers and coaches.

“This was a disappointing Lakers season at each degree,” Pelinka mentioned. “Within the face of disappointment, our followers count on extra, and that’s at each aspect. It begins with the entrance workplace led by me and our skill to assemble the correct roster. It begins with the coaches holding gamers accountable and ensuring that there’s on-court execution. It goes to our coaching employees doing all the things they’ll to ensure we’ve got wholesome our bodies on the court docket. And it goes to our gamers to play at … with on-court execution on the highest degree as a result of that’s what Lakers followers count on and deserve from all of us.

“I believe when you’ve got disappointment, that you must take possession of that and vow to make changes to be higher. And that’s the place the work begins at this time. Now we have exit interviews with each participant, so we get an opportunity to get their ideas and actually replicate on ways in which we will be higher throughout the board.”

“We’ve been on this place earlier than and we all know what it takes to place within the work to repair it and that’s the place our power and time will probably be spent within the coming days.”

Pelinka admitted that the gamers assembled for this season “didn’t work.” When requested why firing Vogel was the primary change to be made, Pelinka responded:

“Immediately will not be going to be a day of finger-pointing or unwinding all the precise causes. We simply felt organizationally on the highest degree it was time for a brand new voice and people choices are made on the very prime degree in a really collaborative means with our basketball operations division and finally with Jeanie [Buss] …and the leaders of our group.

“We simply felt prefer it was time for a brand new chief and that’s why we made the choice at this time that we did.”