Lakers Rumors: John Lucas III Hired As Assistant Coach
John Lucas III, Lakers
(Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)

Not only did the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster undergo a complete overhaul this offseason, but their coaching staff has seen some changes as well.

The Lakers lost two key assistants from last season with Jason Kidd accepting the head coaching job with the Dallas Mavericks and Lionel Hollins parting ways with the organization. Additionally, Jared Dudley, who was basically a player-coach on the bench, will be joining Kidd in Dallas as an assistant.

One replacement on the staff is David Fizdale, while Mike Penberthy was also promoted to the front of the bench for the first time. While the front of the bench is now full again for the Lakers, they still have one more opening on the staff overall which it appears they have now filled.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Lakers are hiring former NBA point guard John Lucas III to their staff:

As McMenamin alluded to, LeBron James had an incredible dunk on Lucas when the latter played for the Chicago Bulls, which should make for some funny jokes in the locker room this season.

According to Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group, Lucas’ role on the staff is expected to be on the player development side:

The Lakers already have arguably the best player development coach in the league in Phil Handy, and now the addition of Lucas should only help strengthen that department even more. Miles Simon also assisted with player development and while he is still with the organization, most of his time will be spent as the head coach of the G League affiliate South Bay Lakers.

Lucas’ playing career spanned from 2005-2017 after originally going undrafted out of Oklahoma State. In the NBA, he played a total of 242 games with six different teams.

Lucas’ coaching career

After retiring from playing in 2017, Lucas joined the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching staff with a focus on player development. He remained there as an assistant through 2019, also coaching their Summer League team in 2018.

Now with the Lakers, Lucas has a great opportunity to build on his coaching career with one of the top organizations in the league that will be in the mix to win a championship in 2021-22.

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Lakers Rumors: Staples Center Planning Taylor Swift Display Featuring Kobe Bryant

With the Los Angeles Lakers winning their 17th championship and first since Kobe Bryant led the team in 2010…

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Assessed Flagrant Foul 1 From Game 2

The NBA announced Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis was assessed a flagrant foul 1 for striking…

Lakers News: Talen Horton-Tucker Says Suspension Was ‘Lesson Learned’

Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker went through an emotional rollercoaster over the last week, which concluded with…

Carmelo Anthony: ‘There’s No Level Of Frustration’ In Lakers Locker Room Despite A Number Of Close Losses

The Los Angeles Lakers came up short against the L.A. Clippers, failing to capitalize on their second-half surge to snatch a win…