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Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen interested in Indiana Pacers job

Frank  Hamblen, one of Phil Jackson's top assistant coaches with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls, has been mentioned as a possible candidate to be an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, according to NBA officials.

Frank Vogel, who took over the Pacers job during the regular season and is the leading candidate to become the full-time coach, has been told by management that he has to change his staff and hire three new assistant coaches, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Hamblen would be interested in a job with the Pacers, according to an NBA official.

Hamblen and the rest of the Lakers' staff are not expected to be a part of new Lakers Coach Mike Brown's staff.

Hamblen was the longest-tenured assistant coach in the NBA. He spent the last 12 years with the Lakers and was a part of all five NBA champions.

Hamblen is from Terre Haute, Ind.


-- Broderick Turner

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Can anyone think of a former Phil Jackson assistant who became a successful head coach elsewhere? I can't.



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