Assistant coach candidate profile: Quin Snyder
This is the seventh post in a series looking at potential Lakers assistant coaches. Here we profile Philadelphia 76ers player development coach Quin Snyder, who, The Times' Broderick Turner reported, met with Lakers Coach Mike Brown on Thursday, with much of the conversation centering on offense. ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin first reported that Snyder was one of the finalists to join Brown's coaching staff.
Background: Snyder just completed his first season in Philadelphia as the team's player development coach, but he's had plenty of other stops in various capacities. He served a seven-season stint as head coach at the University of Missouri (1999-2006) before coaching three seasons with the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Snyder first stepped foot in the NBA as a Clippers assistant coach under Larry Brown (1992-93) before working as an assistant under Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski from 1993 to 1999.
Style: Snyder climbed the coaching ladder rapidly with his ability to quickly develop players, his tireless work ethic and his love of teaching. He guided the Missouri Tigers to six consecutive postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament and a berth in the Elite Eight. But things fell apart for Snyder.
In addition to facing constant scrutiny over how he measured up with his Mizzou successor, Norm Stewart, Snyder was named in 17 NCAA allegations from 1999 to 2004. His firing following a six-game losing streak in 2006, and a public divorce led him to become seemingly isolated and depressed. But he found comfort in taking a much less heralded role as a D League coach, giving up the scrutiny and much of the responsibility that come with being a head coach. His move back into the NBA last season with Philadelphia and, now, a shot at becoming a Lakers assistant signify a second chance at a big coaching gig for Snyder, after having won -- and lost -- as a young coach.
-- Mark Medina
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