After a long and messy search for a new head coach, the Los Angeles Lakers have committed to veteran head coach Frank Vogel, who previously coached the Orlando Magic and Indiana Pacers. Vogel is scheduled to have his introductory press conference on Monday, where he will answer an array of questions, including a few about the lone superstar on his roster, LeBron James.
While Vogel has never coached James (outside of the NBA All-Star game in 2014), the two are familiar with each other because of the battles between James’ Miami Heat and Vogel’s Indiana Pacers from 2012 to 2014. James and Vogel first met in 2012, when the Pacers played the Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Miami would go on to win the series in six games.
Vogel saw James two more times in the Eastern Conference Finals and while the Pacers came close in 2013, they were ultimately unable to remove King James from his throne. Now, Vogel will have the opportunity to be on the winning side of that scenario, so long as he and James mesh well.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, James and Vogel had their first conversation since Vogel’s hire on Tuesday. While it’s safe to assume James would have liked to reunite with his former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue in Los Angeles, there’s no reason to believe James and Vogel can’t make it work.
On the other hand, there’s a chance he ends up the next David Blatt. At this point, who knows?
The Lakers will hold an introductory press conference for Vogel on Monday, May 20, at the UCLA Health Training Center in El Segundo. The press conference will be streamed on Twitter and broadcasted on Spectrum SportsNet.