Mike Brown plans to increase size of coaching staff
With the NBA lockout preventing Lakers Coach Mike Brown from contacting his players, he has spent most of the off-season familiarizing himself with his coaching staff. That process will evolve, as he plans to add a fifth assistant.
Though Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears reported via Twitter that Darvin Ham, a former NBA player and D-League coach, is expected to be named a Lakers assistant, team spokesman John Black said Thursday that "we don't have anything finalized yet."
"We've interviewed and talked to him," Black said of Ham. "But he's on a small, small list of assistant coaches Coach Brown is considering."
Brown plans to handle his coaching staff differently than former coach Phil Jackson. Jackson assigned specific scouting responsibilities to his four assistants, Brian Shaw, Jim Cleamons, Frank Hamblen and Chuck Person. Brown said at a recent appearance for the release of the video game NBA2K12 that he plans to have all of his assistants, including Person, John Kuester, Quin Snyder and Ettore Messina, coach in all phases of the game.
"Our guys need to hear my voice quite a bit," Brown said. "I'll lead the charge in a lot of areas on both ends of the floor. But I'm not one to have my coaches sit back and do nothing. They have to get out there and work. I don't care what side of the ball we're on. I don't care what we're teaching at that particular time. They're all coaches. None of them are specialists. They can all coach at both ends of the floor."
-- Mark Medina
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