New Lakers head coach Mike Brown has been busy the last month assembling his group of assistants for the upcoming season. To keep you caught up on the assistants that Brown has brought on thus far, we’ve compiled information on the five new Lakers assistants who will sit on the sideline for the next few years.
Brown brought former Euroleague head coach Ettore Messina on to his staff in an advisory role similar to what Phil Jackson had with Tex Winter. Messina spent the last two seasons with Real Madrid after coaching CSKA Moscow to two Euroleague titles in 2006 and 2008. Messina had picked up numerous awards in his time in the Euroleague, winning two Coach of the Year titles.
In addition, Messina was a five time Italian Coach of the Year and spent time coaching the Italian national team. Messina resigned from his position to gain NBA experience as an assistant, with reports indicating that Messina looks to become an NBA coach down the road.
The Cavaliers under Mike Brown’s tenure recruited Messina, who was then with CSKA Moscow, to “partake in all team functions”, including giving Brown pointers on running his offense. Brown would visit Messina for two-to-three week intervals to pick his brain, with Messina helped set up Brown’s offense in Cleveland.
Messina has been noted to often call his team’s plays and has developed post players well in his time in Europe.
Quin Synder comes to the Lakers after serving as an assistant coach in player development for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010. Before his time in Philadelphia, Snyder coached the NBDL’s Austin Toros for three seasons, reaching the NBDL Finals in his first year and recording 32-win seasons in his subsequent two years. Synder’s work in player development is well-documented; with the Toros, he garnered more wins and sent more players up to the NBA than any other D-League coach.
Before his time in the D-League, Snyder spent six seasons as the head coach of the University of Missouri, leading them to the Elite 8 in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.
With the Lakers, Snyder will sit behind the bench with Ettore Messina as a “special assistant” to advise Mike Brown, according to league sources.
Boylen was the head coach for the University of Utah Utes for four years before being fired in March, having led them to the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Before that, Boylen was also an assistant coach at Michigan State for part of Laker Shannon Brown’s time with the team.
Known for his fiery attitude and intense coaching style, Boylen spent more than a decade as an assistant with the Houston Rockets, with brief stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors. Boylen has experience working with with notable big men Hakeem Olajuwon and Yao Ming, and will help developing the Lakers frontline of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.
Kuester was brought on to Mike Brown’s Cleveland Cavaliers staff in 2007, where he worked under Brown for two years as an assistant to be the team’s “offensive coordinator”
Kuester’s tenure with the Detroit Pistons lasted two short seasons, marred by a player revolt that saw five players skip out on practice. Kuester has been criticized for being soft and favorable towards players, a quality that will give him a bit of trouble with the star-studded roster of the Lakers.
Kuester, Boylen and Person will sit beside Brown on the bench as assistant coaches.
Chuck Person, the sole holdover from the Phil Jackson era, will return to the Lakers to continue his work revamping the defense that he began during the second half of the 2010-11 season.
Person played in the NBA for 13 years before becoming an assistant with Cleveland, Indiana and Sacramento before his last two years as an assistant with the Lakers.
Known for his outside shooting, Person won the 1987 Rookie of the Year and went by the nickname “The Rifleman”. Person will be reunited with Mike Brown, as the two had a “good relationship“, and served as assistants for the Indiana Pacers under then head coach Rick Carlisle.
Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld says that the Lakers will possibly add on an additional assistant to fill out their staff . We at LakerNation will keep you up to date on when a decision is made.