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Former NBA Coach Made "Strong Impression" On Lakers In Interview

A general view of the Los Angeles Lakers arena, featuring star Kobe Bryant playing.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are still on the hunt for a new head coach after firing Luke Walton following the 2018-19 season.

Early reports indicated former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue was the front-runner for the job. However, contract talks stalled and the two sides failed to come to an agreement - opening the door for other candidates.

With Lue out of the picture, the Lakers turned their attention to a few former NBA coaches. Among the list was former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel.

Vogel interviewed for the opening earlier this week.

According to a recent report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Vogel left a strong impression on the Lakers' brass. Woj reported the two sides are scheduled to meet again.

"Former Orlando and Indiana coach Frank Vogel made a strong impression on Lakers in his interview and sides are expected to talk again on head coaching job," Woj reported.

Vogel found success with the Indiana Pacers, leading the team to two Easter Conference Finals appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14. He then coached the Orlando Magic, but failed to crack 30 wins in either of his two seasons.

The Lakers also reportedly interviewed former Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff for their vacancy.

Stay tuned for the latest on the Lakers' hunt for a new head coach.