Rudy Tomjanovich is known mostly for two things regarding the Los Angeles Lakers: He lasted 43 games into a 5-year, $30 million contract in 2004-’05 to coach the team and the Kermit Washington punch.
Tomjanovich has remained with the Lakers in some capacity since resigning mid-season for personal and mental health reasons but was let go amidst the sweeping changes that have been taking place since Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka took over, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
Medina also reports that Tomjanovich’s son, Trey Tomjanovich, also will no longer remain employed by the organization.
Together, the two Tomjanovichs made up a part of the scouting and analytical analysis departments. As Yuju Lee, the former director of analytics, resigned, it was probably a pretty safe assumption that more changes within that department were coming.
To go with the analytics team, Johnson and Pelinka have been responsible for overhauling the scouting department as well.
With the lottery just over 24 hours away, those teams will have to start getting filled out in short order.