Before Tyronn Lue and the Los Angeles Lakers were unable to agree to a contract to become head coach in 2019, Frank Vogel had agreed to become a top assistant on Lue's staff.
Vogel was offered the job of head coach, but he reached out to Lue for his blessing.
“Someone is going to take the job,” Lue said to Vogel, according to a source familiar with the call that spoke with The Athletic. “Why not you?”
Vogel interviewed on May 9, one day after Lue withdrew. Vogel had not yet interviewed with the Lakers in any capacity as he only had been in communication with Lue for the assistant job.
Lue became an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers under Doc Rivers and is now head coach.
Vogel won a title with the Lakers in his first season.