Lakers Will Interview Frank Vogel Today

The Lakers are wasting no time resuming their head coaching search after negotiations with Tyronn Lue fell apart, according to Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. Frank Vogel, former head coach with the Magic and Pacers, will interview for the position later today.

Vogel was one of three new candidates mentioned Wednesday after the Lakers and Lue both announced that negotiations had ceased. The others were Mike Woodson and Lionel Hollins, who will presumably both get interviews soon.

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Vogel compiled a 304-291 record in two seasons in Orlando and five-plus seasons in Indiana. He took the Pacers to the playoffs five times, including back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and 2014. He was considered a strong candidate to be lead assistant if things had worked out with Lue.

Based on the prior round of interviews, Vogel is expected to meet with controlling owner Jeanie Buss, GM Rob Pelinka, co-owners Joey Buss (who runs the G League South Bay Lakers) and Jesse Buss (assistant GM and director of scouting), Chief Operating Officer Tim Harris, director of special projects Linda Rambis and senior advisor Kurt Rambis.

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16 thoughts on “Lakers Will Interview Frank Vogel Today

  1. Dionis

    Good idea, bring in the guy who challenged LeBron in the East with the Pacers. I think Vogel can establish an identity for this team a a physical and defensive team the same way he did with the Pacers and the core of George,Hubert,Lance, and Hill.

    They have the personnel with Lonzo,Ingram, and Kuzma to defend at a high level it’s all on LeBron to buy in, if he doesn’t ship him out simple as that. Trade for Robinson and the Knicks pick which could be RJ Barrett.


    Now that’s what I call a real team.

    • icedoutref

      Nah we aint trading Robinson the Lakers should have drafted him if they wanted him cause they not getting him now

      • Dionis

        The NBA is a business pal, LeBron James equals ratings plus he’d be on one if not the most popular NBA franchise in the NBA along with Kyrie Irving.

        The Knicks will actually have a buzz which hasn’t been seen since the 1999 run.

  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    Yeah, should be REAL easy for seven people to agree on a hire…

  3. TJECK109

    The question shouldn’t be who the lakers want to hire but rather who wants to be hired by the lakers. The circus hasn’t helped but when you are being offered 6mil or so I guess you have to think about it

  4. bowserhound

    Hollins, Woodson or Marc Jackson > Vogel. He’d be a nice addition to the coaching staff though.

    • Jason Lancaster

      Why anyone thinks Marc Jackson is a good coach is beyond me. He has a bad track record, and he doesn’t embrace analytics. Hiring him to coach the Lakers after Walton would be like replacing your iPhone with a rusty old rotary dial phone.

      • bowserhound

        Nobody ever gives Jackson credit for the Warriors, but he really did most of the work. Kerr stepped into a dynasty.

        • Jason Lancaster

          Ya, that’s not how it works. Coaches manage minutes, schemes, and personalities. Kerr rolled out a completely different offense, and the Warriors went from average to great. He also managed personalities to put the team in a position to threepeat.

          Kind of like Kidd leaving Milwaukee and suddenly Milwaukee is feasting on the NBA. Kidd’s schemes were mediocre.

          Kidd and Jackson have the same problem: they don’t know what they don’t know. Both of those guys dismiss the analytics of the game, and implement inefficient offense. They suck.

  5. x%sure

    Vogel did well coaching a team whose best player was a SF and was moderately paced. He could get the players to play defense whether James does or not.
    He tried a fast pace style in Orlando with less success… Not really his thing.
    He would be a good hire but is there really need for a rush?

  6. nentwigs

    Why not Rambis himself? He is such an all-knowing
    adviser in this search with prior head coaching experience (Timberwolves – and we all know how that turned out). He certainly has the kiss-up -to -the- owner part down pat.

  7. cesc

    Vogel would be horrible is way, way, way below Lue. Lue is a very good HC, Vogel isn’t even mediocre.

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