Thursday 22 October, 2020

Lakers hire Frank Vogel as coach

A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the hiring has not been announced. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday.

The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. He arrived in Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and '14.

Vogel was fifth candidate known to have interviewed for the opening since the Lakers dismissed Luke Walton on April 12. Los Angeles was thought to be on the verge of hiring Tyronn Lue this week before talks broke down. They also considered Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns, and Juwan Howard and Jason Kidd. They also interviewed J.B. Bickerstaff on Friday.

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