The decision by Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka to extend his contract through the 2026 season was a big one. Rob Pelinka’s tenure with the team has seen both highs and lows. However, he has shown a consistent commitment to getting the team back on track and working toward building a championship contender. Here are some key takeaways from Pelinka’s extension and how they will affect the Lakers’ performance in the 2022-23 season and beyond.
His Contract is aligned with Darvin Ham‘s Tenure.
It was reported that Rob Pelinka signed his contract “in tandem” with new head coach Darvin Ham. This alignment is another indication of the commitment of both parties to working together to turn the franchise around. When Ham was named coach this summer, it was widely seen as a positive move that could usher in a new era of success for the Lakers. The move gives both men incentive to do whatever it takes to rebuild the team into a championship contender. It also gives them something tangible to work for heading into next season.
What Does Rob Pelinka’s Extension Mean for the 2022-23 Season?
As the team’s new head coach, Ham has plenty of work for him as the team’s new head coach. He will have to set the tone for the team’s style of play and get them ready to play at a high level night in and night out. Rob Pelinka’s job will be to ensure he gets the support he needs to succeed. With an aging Lebron and Anthony Davis on the team, there is a lot of pressure on the coaching staff to get the players ready for the start of the season.
The Lakers are a franchise with high expectations. Despite a championship in 2020, Rob Pelinka’s tenure has not been without its difficulties. Injuries and odd roster builds have sometimes plagued the team and caused fans to question the front office’s decisions.
Pelinka has fired two coaches, Luke Walton and Frank Vogel, and was also said to be a factor in Magic Johnson‘s departure. With the regular season drawing near, the pressure is on to ensure that this season does not end on a negative note.
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