After hearing about Tim DiFrancesco’s resignation Tuesday, it comes as no surprise that further changes in the player development and basketball operations departments would come shortly thereafter.
According to Inside SoCal’s Mark Medina, the Lakers’ long-time director of player development Rondre Jackson’s time with the franchise has also come to an end.
Furthermore, according to the L.A. Times’ Tania Ganguli, basketball operations coordinator Tania Jolly and assistant strength coach Sean Light will no longer have roles with the Lakers.
Again, there isn’t quite enough to concretely state what exactly is behind these changes beyond Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka wanting a clean slate moving forward as they head the front office and the organization’s direction.
The Lakers appear to have their work cut out for them as they head into one of the most crucial offseasons in quite some time on the court. Properly filling these roles will be almost as important as the personnel decisions they’ll be making.
Here’s how Jackson’s termination was explained to Medina. The context is important.
The Lakers director of player development Rondre Jackson is no longer part of the team, which a Lakers spokesperson said is “part of the reorganization of the basketball operations department.” The Lakers made those changes shortly after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.
We’ll see what further changes are in store for a franchise undergoing a complete shift in ideologies. This is certainly something to keep an eye on.