Assistant coach candidate profile: Scott Roth
This is the fifth post in a series looking at potential Lakers assistant coaches. Here we profile Toronto Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth, who, ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin reported, is on Lakers Coach Mike Brown's list of finalists for his coaching staff.
Background: Roth's recent stint with the Toronto Raptors caps an extensive coaching career that has included assistant coaching gigs and coaching in international competition. The assistant coaching gigs include the Golden State Warriors (2009-10), Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies (2000-2002) and Dallas Mavericks (1996-2000). In between those gigs, Roth was an assistant coach for the Turkish national team that won a silver medal in the 2000 European Championships and gold in the 2001 FIBA World Championship.
Roth also has had head coaching experience with the Dominican Republic National team in 2007 and 2008, winning a silver medal at the CBC Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico, and with the Bakersfield Jam during the 2008-09 season, when he guided the team to its first postseason appearance with a 26-24 record. In addition, Roth spent four seasons as a scout and advisor for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Laker-related connections: Roth was an assistant coach with the Grizzlies during Gasol's first two years with the team and also coached Trey Johnson when he was with the Bakersfield Jam.
Style: Roth has cemented his reputation as a coach who's successful at developing players, particularly big men. ESPN.com's Chad Ford mentioned that Roth proved to be instrumental in helping Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki and Hasheem Thabeet transition to the NBA. Matt Steinmetz, who covers the Warriors for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, mentioned in a podcast that Roth's various coaching stints would give him the ability to adapt to about any system a head coach would run. That flexibility would prove beneficial to the Lakers, along with Roth's history with Gasol and the fact that Brown hopes to institute an offense that partly centers around Gasol and Andrew Bynum getting touches in the high post and through pick-and-rolls.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Scott Roth coached the Bakersfield Jam during the 2008-09 season, when he guided the team to its first postseason appearance with a 26-24 record. Credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images