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Former Lakers HC Frank Vogel has interviewed with Hornets

Former Lakers coach Frank Vogel is among the “interviewed candidates” for the Hornets‘ head-coaching job, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report (Twitter link).

As Fischer outlines, the Hornets have been traveling to meet a number of coaching candidates in person rather than conducting virtual interviews over Zoom. The team is winding down the first round of its search, Fischer adds.

Mike D’Antoni, Kenny Atkinson, Darvin Ham, Sean Sweeney, Charles Lee, and David Vanterpool are among the other candidates who have reportedly interviewed with Charlotte, as our head-coaching search tracker shows.

Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse and Jazz coach Quin Snyder have also been mentioned as possible Hornets targets, though there has been no indication at this point that either one is looking to leave his current job.

Vogel has 820 regular-season games under his belt as a head coach, along with another 88 playoff contests. He became Indiana’s head coach during the 2010-11 season, joined the Magic in 2016, and was subsequently hired by the Lakers in 2019. He has a 431-389 (.526) overall regular-season record with those three teams and has gone 49-39 (.557) in the postseason.

Although Vogel led the Lakers to a championship in 2020, he only lasted two more seasons with the franchise, having been dismissed last month following a disappointing showing in 2021-22.

Vogel had one more year left on his contract with L.A., so if he doesn’t find another head-coaching job this spring, he could afford to take a year off rather than seeking an assistant position.

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