Chuck Person, Quin Snyder join Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Lakers continued to go about their business in the first full day of the NBA lockout on Friday, as the team announced the hiring of Chuck Person and Quin Synder as assistant coaches.
Person, 46, joined the Lakers on an interim basis in 2009-10 before being hired as a full-time assistant and assuming the responsibility of implementing a new defense for the Lakers in the second half of the 2010-11 season.
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Person is expected to continue to work with the defense under new coach Mike Brown. Person and Brown worked together in Indiana from 2003-05 when the Lakers' current starting small forward, Ron Artest, played for the Pacers.
"I'm very pleased to add Chuck to my coaching staff," Brown said in a release. "I've seen firsthand his dedication and his desire to making the players he coaches better. The knowledge of the game that he has from his experience, both as a coach and as a former NBA player, is an invaluable asset that he brings to the team and I look forward to working with him once again."
Person has a long history in the league, starting with a 13-year playing career in which he was named Rookie of the Year in 1986-87 and continuing on through Cleveland, Indiana and Sacramento as an assistant coach before coming to Los Angeles.
"Knowing coach Brown since our time with the Pacers, not only couldn't I be happier with the opportunity to work alongside him again, but I'm thrilled to return to a franchise that I consider to be the best in professional sports," Person said in a release. "Having been on staff for the Lakers' 2010 championship run, I know what this team is capable of. I look forward to assisting coach Brown in helping our players regain that form and realize their potential."
Snyder, 44, spent last season as a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has a diverse background at all levels of basketball, as he followed up his playing career at Duke as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers before returning to the Blue Devils as an assistant. He also has ample experience as a head coach, leading Missouri for seven seasons and later spending three years in charge of the Austin Toros in the NBA D-League. He earned the D-League's Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award in 2008-09.
"With the addition of Quin to my coaching staff, we've added someone who has an extremely intelligent basketball mind," said Brown. "Quin's most valuable asset, however, is his passion for coaching and his ability to get the most out of the players he coaches. I'm extremely pleased to have him on my staff."
Snyder was an assistant coach at Duke when coach Mike Krzyzewski was recruiting Kobe Bryant out of Lower Merion High School in the mid-1990s before Bryant decided to turn pro and forgo a college career.
"I am grateful to Mike Brown and the entire Lakers organization for providing me with this opportunity," Snyder said in a release. "I'm looking forward to fulfilling whatever role I'm asked to assume. I could not be more excited to have this unique opportunity."
Person and Snyder bring Brown's assistant coaching crew up to three after John Kuester was officially hired as the lead assistant on Wednesday.
The Lakers are also expected to announce the hiring of former Utah coach Jim Boylen and famed Italian coach Ettore Messina sometime in the near future, according to multiple sources.
Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.