Los Angeles Lakers: John Kuester and 5 Coaches Who Should Be on the Team's Staff
Now that Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the next step will be hiring a group of proven assistant coaches.
While it's still very much in the air if the team will retain any of the assistants from last season, it wouldn't hurt to keep some familiar faces, while adding some new ones.
Here are five assistant coaches the Lakers should have on their staff next season.
5. Tim Grgurich
Tim Grgurich, currently an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks, is another coach Lakers fans could see on the sidelines next season.
Grgurich has worked as an assistant coach for six different franchises, including the Seattle Supersonics during their 1996 run to the NBA Finals.
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4. P.J. Carlesimo
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P.J. Carlesimo has spent over a decade in the NBA as both a head coach and assistant.
Carlesimo has championship experience, serving as the San Antonio Spurs’ lead assistant during the team's three championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
This experience could bode well for a team who will likely be contending for a title next season.
3. Brian Shaw
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Brian Shaw played with Kobe Bryant for four seasons, helping the Los Angeles Lakers win three consecutive championships.
Shaw was also the team’s assistant coach during their championships in 2009 and 2010.
It seemed as though Shaw was the likely successor to Phil Jackson, given his history with Kobe and the organization.
However, it appears management is headed in a different direction, with the hiring of Mike Brown.
After being turned down of the head coaching position, it’s unlikely Shaw would return as an assistant.
Especially with his stellar chances of landing a head coaching job elsewhere.
2. Chuck Person
Chuck Person has been an assistant in Los Angeles the last two seasons. In his time as a Lakers’ assistant, Person has built steady relationships with the players.
For example, after Kobe Bryant broke his right index finger in 2010, Person was able to help Kobe regain his shooting touch.
Person played 13 years in the NBA. In addition, he served as a fellow assistant with Mike Brown for the Indiana Pacers.
With all of the coaching transition going on in Los Angeles, it may be wise to retain a coach who is familiar with the team.
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1. John Kuester
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While John Kuester’s two year stint as coach of the Detroit Pistons was anything but harmonious, he has a very impressive history as an assistant coach in the league.
Kuester was an assistant on the Detroit Pistons’ 2004 championship team.
Also, Kuester worked with Mike Brown in Cleveland.