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Lakers introduce Vogel as coach

The Associated Press

Frank Vogel

The Associated PressEL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — 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 AP 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, GM Rob Pelinka and adviser Kurt Rambis after discussions with Tyronn Lue fell apart.

The 45-year old Vogel worked for the club 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 after 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.

“Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs,” Pelinka said in a statement. “He reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach — including detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”

Cavs put Beilein in charge

CLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein has spent a coaching lifetime taking ordinary programs and turning them into consistent winning ones. All in college.

He’s getting his NBA shot.

The Cavaliers ended a monthlong search Monday by hiring Beilein, a 66-year-old offensive mastermind who made Michigan a perennial powerhouse and now takes over a rebuilding project in Cleveland. Beilein got a five-year deal with the Cavs, who believe he can make the successful leap from campus.

Beilein isn’t the safest pick or the sexiest, but Cavs GM Koby Altman said he precisely fits the coaching profile he wanted.

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