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Lakers Tap New Head Coach Frank Vogel To Reverse Fortunes




Frank Vogel, former head coach of the Indiana Pacers, looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Frank Vogel, former head coach of the Indiana Pacers, looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of the game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have officially named Frank Vogel as coach, two days after the sides agreed to terms.

The team announced the hiring Monday and will hold an introductory press conference May 20 at its facility. The Lakers said in a release that Vogel has signed a multiyear contract but a person familiar with the hiring said it was a three-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because they weren't allowed to publicly discuss terms.

"I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired," Vogel said in a statement. "I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team."

Vogel flew to Los Angeles on May 9 and met with a group that included owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis after discussions with Tyronn Lue fell apart.

The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and '14. He has a career record of 304-291.

Vogel replaces Luke Walton, who was dismissed following three seasons as coach on April 12.

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

A Martinez, host of KPCC’s Take Two; he tweets @amartinezla

Arash Markazi, sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @ArashMarkazi