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Coaching midstream no easy feat

Lakers assistant Hamblen knows what Dantley is going through having to replace Karl

Updated: April 8, 2010, 5:40 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen knows what it's like to jump on a galloping horse when its original rider has been bucked off.

The year was 2005. Phil Jackson had (temporarily) retired and Hamblen stayed on as an assistant coach under new coach Rudy Tomjanovich.

Tomjanovich left the team midway through the season, citing health reasons, with the Lakers holding a respectable 24-19 record. Hamblen stepped in amid the chaos and L.A. tanked down the stretch, finishing 10-29 with him ...

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