After suddenly dismissing former head coach Frank Vogel at the end of the season, the Los Angeles Lakers recently hired new head coach Darvin Ham, who was an assistant coach for Milwaukee Bucks. With Ham taking command of the Lakers, he can create a coaching staff of his choice. This means that the Lakers assistant coach from last season could get out of the door.
The most notable Lakers assistant coach that may be on the move is Phil Handy, who has won three championships as an assistant coach since 2016. It could be a landing point for a decorated assistant.
“There’s already a lot of curiosity in the coaching circle about the kind of staff Ham gets with the Lakers. Two main questions: Ham certainly has the autonomy to make all choices, and David Fizdale holds. And one more thing: Will the Lakers keep the acclaimed development coach Phil Handy? “Stein wrote in his substack account.
“Or could Handy be tied up in Brooklyn? Nets needs to be on the development side in the wake of Adam Harrington’s expected departure, and Handy is Nets guard Kylie from the Cleveland era. Keep in mind that you have a strong history of work with Irving. If Nets is reviving Irving, hiring a handy staff to build a stronger connection with him is well. It’s handy. “
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Net was interested in convenience before hiring Steve Nash
When Nets head coach Steve Nash was hired on behalf of former Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, the decision to do so was a bit of a headache for many in the basketball world. Nash was a consultant for the Golden State Warriors. He was there when Durant won only two titles in his career in 2017 and 2018. But still, he had no coaching experience, and other available candidates on Nets radar did.
One of those candidates was handy. According to Barry Sports Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Nets was very interested in making him a head coach before finally hiring Nash.
“When Steve Nash took on the job of Nets head coach, Nets was interested in Phil Handy as an assistant coach … just say it didn’t go as planned.” Scoop B said According to his Twitter account on April 27th.
Handy is closely related to Kyrie Irving
Handy was Kyrie Irving’s assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers when he won the NBA title in 2016. The Lakers assistant says he had a close relationship with Kylie during his stay in Cleveland and Irving was always private. He had previously compared his personality to that of Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard.
“Ky is one of the very private people. He’s so private, his circle is so small, he’s not the guy who really extends himself to strangers. It’s like Kawai. ” Handy said Barry Sports Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson in September 2021.
“Until you actually know Killy, there will be a lot of speculation. He’s going to say a few things and certain things, but people probably know the context behind it and where he’s coming from. I don’t understand. “
Nets has already suffered significant losses to its coaching staff as Amare Staudemia and Adam Harrington broke up with the franchise. It may be a useful answer to fill that gap.
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