Vogel makes strong pitch for Lakers job

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The Los Angeles Lakers have been a laughing stock as of late in the NBA. They could not reach an agreement with free agent coach Tyronn Lue, who refused to accept the deal because he wanted a five-year deal. 

The Lakers only offered him a three-year deal. In addition, they wanted to force his hand with his assistant coaches, as they wanted Jason Kidd as his Associate Head Coach. 

Former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers
Frank Vogel looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers (Getty Images)

On Saturday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that free agent coach Frank Vogel had a strong impression on the Lakers brass during a recent interview. He also said that the two sides are going to speak again regarding their head coaching vacancy. 

The 45-year-old Wildwood Crest, New Jersey native has been out of coaching this season. He last served two seasons as the Orlando Magic head coach. 

With the Magic, he went 54-110. Both times the team finished fifth in the Southeast Division and missed the playoffs. 

Before accepting the Magic head coaching job, he also spent six seasons as the Indiana Pacers head coach. He went 250-181 during his tenure there. 

He guided the team to the playoffs in five of the six seasons. The lone season the Pacers did not make the playoffs during his tenure was the 2014-15 season when the team went 38-44. 

Vogel guided the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Both times, they were defeated by the Miami Heat. 

He has a 31-30 playoff record. Three of the five playoff appearances, Vogel guided his team to either the Conference Semifinals or the Conference Finals. 

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