Lakers Hire Frank Vogel; Will Kyrie Be Next?

The Lakers have LeBron's next coach. Now they just need to find him some new teammates...

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 13, 2019 - 8:48 am
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The Lakers’ head-coaching search came to an end this past weekend, as Frank Vogel signed a three-year deal to become LeBron James’ next coach. 

Vogel, 45, was the third coach offered the Lakers’ head-coaching gig. Monty Williams and Ty Lue both turned them down.

“Ever since things broke down with Ty Lue, I think the Lakers were in a little bit more of a scramble,” Southern California News Group Lakers reporter Kyle Goon said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “You saw them do just four interviews with just four candidates over the span of four weeks, and then in the last three days they’ve done two interviews and very quickly targeted Frank.”

Vogel last coached in Orlando (2016-18), failing to win 30 games in either season. That, however, came in the midst of a Magic rebuild. Vogel had more success with the Pacers (2011-16), leading Indiana to back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.

"Frank Vogel has qualifications,” Goon said. “He’s had success in Indiana. He went to two Eastern Conference Finals and one time pushed the Heat to seven games. I think they kind of view him as a young coach who is competent and versed in the Xs and Os and can come in and kind of communicate. But at the end of the day when you view everything in context of what happened with Ty Lue, he was the best of the remaining options and just a guy who kind of helped cover for that failure to bring in a guy who won a championship with LeBron.”

With a coach in place, the Lakers will try to add more talent to the roster, including – yes – Kyrie Irving, who is reportedly interested in signing with Los Angeles.

“My personal thought is more so than repairing with LeBron, Kyrie admires and perhaps wants to emulate LeBron,” Goon said. “I don’t know if that brings him back into that wing or if he wants to be his own man. But I think at the bottom line, what the Lakers need is shooters. That’s going to help them and give them the most flexibility going forward. Whether or not they get one of the big free agents, if they had some big-time shooters, that will be a big boost for their team.”

Click below to listen to Goon’s interview in its entirety.