Philadelphia 76ers Interview Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach for Head Coaching Vacancy

The Philadelphia 76ers have their eyes on an NBA champion for their head coaching vacancy. According to NBC Philadelphia's John Clark, the 76ers interviewed former Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel on Tuesday.

Vogel won a title with the Lakers during the 2019-2020 pandemic season, otherwise known as the bubble season. He was let go following a disappointing 2021-22 in which the Lakers finished 33-49. He's been out of coaching ever since.

Vogel is an extremely experienced coach with deep ties around the league. Besides his 11 years as a head coach, he also served as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, the Pacers, and even the 76ers for a year. He also grew up in Wildwood, New Jersey, which is approximately an hour and a half outside of Philadelphia.

Vogel has demonstrated an aptitude for navigating and cooperating with the league's biggest superstars, so he'd make sense for a 76ers organization that hopes to build on its pairing of Joel Embiid and James Harden. He has coached LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Paul George to All-Star seasons at various times over his career.

However, as accomplished as Vogel is, he wouldn't exactly be an inspiring choice. His championship is a bit of an anomaly; not only did it take place during the pandemic, but the Lakers also benefited from the novelty of combining Anthony Davis and LeBron James for the very first season. Outside of that one year, his teams have combined for a modest 379-370 record.

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