The Los Angeles Lakers roster was overturned for the third offseason in a row, however this time the sidelines additionally skilled a shake-up.
Former lead assistant Jason Kidd left the Lakers so as to turn into the brand new head coach of the Dallas Mavericks whereas Lionel Hollins determined to depart after the 2 sides couldn’t conform to phrases on an extension. Additionally, valued veteran Jared Dudley retired from the NBA and joined Kidd on the bench in Dallas.
In order to fill the voids, Los Angeles determined to rent David Fizdale to turn into head coach Frank Vogel’s new lead assistant, whereas additionally selling Mike Penberthy to a front-of-the-bench function. However, the Lakers reportedly made one other rent as they’re set to usher in John Lucas III in a participant growth teaching place.
Lucas is nicely revered across the league and based on Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports, his father John Lucas II, who has additionally coached within the NBA, believes it’s a good match for him:
Lakers employed John Lucas III as an assistant coach.
“I feel it is going to be an excellent match,” his father, John Lucas II an assistant with the Houston Rockets tells @BallySports.
“He’s identified LeBron since highschool & been in locker rooms endlessly. I’m extraordinarily pleased with him.” pic.twitter.com/XoUu6Wsnuq
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson 📍 (@ScoopB) September 11, 2021
Lucas spent 12 seasons within the NBA taking part in for six completely different groups and shortly transitioned to teaching with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Lakers have already got Phil Handy on employees for participant growth, so it appears as if the 2 will work collectively on this space with Lucas maybe filling the locker room presence Dudley left behind.
Former NBA gamers are sometimes capable of relate to gamers and get by way of to them, and Vogel has acknowledged earlier than that he prefers to have individuals like Lucas on his teaching employees. However, not like the Timberwolves, the Lakers are going to be proper in the course of the championship dialog and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see how concerned he’s all through the season.
Jared Dudley solely needed to play for Lakers
Even although Lucas ought to successfully be capable of exchange Dudley, the latter was a fan favourite in addition to a trusted voice within the locker room. The Lakers and Dudley had a terrific partnership and the ahead reportedly solely needed to play for L.A. earlier than he determined to retire.
With the Lakers not giving him a suggestion as both a coach or participant, that made the choice for him to go to Dallas that a lot simpler.
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