The Return of Frank Vogel?

The Lakers are still searching for their next head coach and two of the three they're reportedly focusing on have strong Indiana ties, including one former Pacers' head coach:


Vogel, who is still just 45 years old, sat out of coaching this year after not being given much of a chance during a two-year stint in Orlando. He's the Pacers' all-time NBA wins leader with 250 victories and led the franchise to the postseason in five of his six seasons, including back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Woodson is an Indianapolis native and former IU star who has been in NBA coaching for a quarter-century. He has nine years of head coaching experience, which includes a solid stretch in Atlanta (2004-10) and the best Knicks' season of the 21st century (54 wins in 2012-13 season).

Personally, I'm rooting for Vogel. The Pacers let him walk without much of a reason (Bird wanted to play at faster pace so he replaced him with... Nate McMillan?) and his late tenure struggles (2014-16) were due far more to mediocre personnel than mediocre coaching. Putting him with LeBron and an underachieving Lakers team should be the recipe for a quick turnaround.

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