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Former Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel made a strong impression in his interview with the Los Angeles Lakers and the teams plan to talk again soon about the work of the team's head coach, league sources said. ESPN
After the two main objectives of the Lakers, Monty Williams and Ty Lue, rejected the offers of the franchise, the Lakers restored their search and Vogel is emerging as a serious candidate, the sources said. Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday and met with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and his main office, and held detailed discussions on how he would address the possibility of taking on what has become a volatile situation.
Vogel was the runner-up of Jeff Hornacek when Phil Jackson hired a replacement for Derek Fisher in the summer of 2016. Jackson remains strongly linked to a Lakers hierarchy that includes controlling owner Jeanie Buss and adviser Kurt Rambis.
The Lakers are under tremendous pressure to badociate LeBron James with an adequate replacement to Luke Walton and begin to calm the turmoil surrounding the organization.
As much as Vogel must be judged for a difficult two-year period with the Magic in which he won 29 and 25 games with a rebuilding team, he built a solid reputation in his five seasons with the Pacers, where they advanced to two. End of the Eastern Conference during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.