The Los Angeles Lakers has completed its technical staff with the arrival of John Lucas III, who joins the Californian discipline as an assistant to Frank Vogel; reports Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
At 39, John Lucas III comes to the Lakers after a long playing career that includes eight years in the NBA in the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves, and in which he also had periods in G League, Europe or China.
After his playing career ended in 2017, he immediately went to the bench to be an assistant coach for Minnesota, just the team in which he spent his last minutes on the floor with Tom Thibodeau as conductor.
The Lakers have been forced to renew their coaching staff before the departure of important players such as Jason Kidd, who is now head coach Dallas Mavericks, or Lionel Hollins (did not renew his contract). On John Lucas III, local journalist Kyle Goon says the franchise hopes he will help with player development and be a voice in the locker room.