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Lakers News: Team Hires Larry Lewis As Player Development Coach

The Lakers have made their first acquisition this offseason, but it is not a player. They have hired Larry Lewis as their new player development coach.

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This is Mike D’Antoni’s first move in an attempt to fill out his coaching staff for next season. Lewis spent the past two seasons on the D-Fenders coaching staff, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate, according to Mark Medina.

A three-year collegiate basketball player from Morehouse College, Lewis turned pro when he was selected by the Albany Patroons of the CBA in 1992. A 6’7” forward, Lewis played internationally in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-2011), Japan (1996- 2001), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). Lewis also played for Team USA in the Pan American Games in 1995, where he won a silver medal.

D’Antoni plans to hire two more full time assistants and one more developmental coach after the majority of his staff from the 2012-13 season left. Eddie Jordan accepted the Rutgers’ head coaching job after the playoffs were over for the Lakers.

D’Antoni told both Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person they would not return to the coaching staff next season. Steve Clifford became the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. Phil Handy joined former Lakers head coach Mike Brown’s staff in Cleveland, and Darvin Ham joined Mike Budenholzer’s coaching staff in Atlanta.

Mike’s brother, Dan, remains the lone assistant from last season that will stay for next season.

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  • Grrrrr

    Huh?! This can’t be leading into anything substantial for next year can it? Where are the heavy hitter veteran coaches? Grrr……….

    • hookedonnews

      They are waiting on possible head coaching jobs. This is only one guy. There will be other coaches hired. Nate McMillan is still out there. Maybe they will bring him in.

    • nlruizjr

      seems like all the heavy hitters are running away from D’antoni, they know a loser when they see one, really does Dantoni expect to win any games with his brother, who is in charge of washing Dantoni’s clothes and going for this and that, Larry Lewis who has I believe one season coaching the D-league and Matson whose claim to fame is doing a disjointed dance without any type of rythm, things just don’t seem to be shaping up with the coaching staff and now on the 48th pick the lakers pick an inconsistent stretch 4 out of Duke, plus the fact that he is already injured and probably won’t be ready for the start of training camp. Is this the 2nd coming of Adam Morrison ? Things are just looking very bleak for the Lakers this coming season, if we thought things were bad last season wait until this season starts up, most of the west and east coast are circling their calendars to play their 2nd unit against the Lakers. The only way to get Jimmy Boy and Mitch out of there is to boycott their games and quit watching TWC, this is just a disgraceful imitation of the real lakers and they will be the joke of the NBA, how disheartening.

  • 3339

    Nobody good wants to coach with dantoni. dantoni is a stubborn suck that always thinks he’s right and everyone else is wrong.
    Phoenix- dantoni quits because he was asked to take on Tom Thibodeau
    New York- dantoni quits because the team traded for Carmelo, who didn’t fit in with his bullshit system
    Hopefully he quits the Lakers shortly, because he sucks.
    Nobody wants to work with this guy except a person as equally stubborn and stuck up in Jimmy Buss
    It is beyond frustrating as a huge Laker fan to see this. It’s honestly like the Lakers are trying to lose. dantoni is the worst coach possible for our team. get him out of there so we can move forward. The Lakers are being held back by these guys. There is a great team there and they deserve a real coach.

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