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Lakers Rumors: Former Wizards HC Scott Brooks Interviewed for Spot on Vogel's Staff

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC -ย  MAY 31: Head Coach Scott Brooks of the Washington Wizards looks on during Round 1, Game 4 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 31, 2021 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Former Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks interviewed for a spot on Frank Vogel's staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to NBA insider Marc Stein. 

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The Lakers have interviewed former Wizards coach Scott Brooks for a potential spot on Frank Vogel's staff, league sources say.<a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> reported last week that former Knicks and Grizzlies coach David Fizdale would soon join the Lakers after Jason Kidd's departure to coach Dallas.

Vogel is in need of an assistant following the departure of Jason Kidd, who became the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks last month. 

The 55-year-old Brooks last served as an NBA assistant during the 2008-09 season, when he took over for P.J. Carlesimo as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder following the team's 1-12 start. 

After OKC finished the rest of the campaign 22-47, Brooks earned the full-time job and delivered a 50-32 season the following year. The Thunder went on to make the playoffs for five straight seasons, reaching the NBA Finals in 2012. 

OKC fired Brooks following a 2014-15 season that ended with no postseason appearance. Brooks returned to the sidelines in 2016-17 as head coach of the Wizards. He finished his time in D.C. with a 183-207 record.

It doesn't appear as though Brooks wants to take another year off in between jobs, but the chance to coach LeBron James and Anthony Davis is surely enticing.  

On Wednesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that L.A. was finalizing a deal to bring in David Fizdale, who was last on the sidelines as head coach of the New York Knicks in 2019-20.

Vogel and Brooks have yet to work together on the same NBA staff, but Friday's report suggests that could change sooner rather than later.