Lakers to interview Frank Vogel for head coaching position on Thursday

Frank Vogel
Mar 9, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel calls out from the sideline against the Sacramento Kings during the third quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers will interview Frank Vogel for their open head coaching position on Thursday, according to Brad Turner of the LA Times. Vogel was previously billed to be the top assistant for Tyronn Lue but the former Cavaliers head coach declined the team’s three-year contract offer on Wednesday.

Vogel is best known for his time as head coach of the Indiana Pacers where he amassed a 250-181 record, reaching the postseason in five of his six seasons. Vogel’s Pacers teams reached the Eastern Conference Finals in back-to-back years as the conference rival to LeBron James’ Miami Heat teams.

The 45-year-old was fired in 2016 at which point he joined the Orlando Magic where he had much less success. In two years in Orlando, Vogel had just a 54-110 record.

Vogel got his start as an assistant coach with the Celtics, 76ers and Pacers.

The Lakers have reportedly added three names to their candidate pool including Vogel. The other two new names are Lionel Hollins and Mike Woodson. All three are joining Juwan Howard and Jason Kidd who previously interviewed with the franchise.

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