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Frank Vogel to bring former Magic, Hornets assistant Quinton Crawford onto coaching staff

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After failing to lure legendary assistant coach Rob Adams away from the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers are bringing Quinton Crawford onto head coach Frank Vogel’s coaching staff, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

The overwhelming belief with the assistants the Lakers have hired this summer, such as Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Phil Handy, is that Vogel didn’t have much of a say in their hirings, but there’s reason to believe he hand-picked Crawford. Crawford served as a video coordinator and player development coach when Vogel was the head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2016 to 2018. Prior to taking the job with the Magic, Crawford was an assistant video coordinator for the Sacramento Kings. Most recently, Crawford served as the head video coordinator for the Charlotte Hornets.

With Kidd, Hollins and Handy already on staff, expect Crawford to take on more of a player development role in the same vein as Miles Simon. It should also be assumed that this will be one of the last additions the Lakers make to their coaching staff, if not the last.

Crawford might not have the same impact someone like Adams would have, but he’s a person that Vogel knows will vouch for him, which will come in handy (no pun intended) if the Lakers don’t click right away and the seat under Vogel starts to heat up.

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