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Lakers Coach Mike Brown interviews candidates for assistant coaches

Jim Boylen, Quin Snyder, Chuck Person, John Kuester and Ettore Messina are among those who are being considered to assist Brown.

June 20, 2011|By Broderick Turner
  • New Lakers Coach Mike Brown has been busy interviewing potential assistant coaches for his staff.
New Lakers Coach Mike Brown has been busy interviewing potential assistant… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

Nothing has been set yet, but new Lakers Coach Mike Brown has been interviewing coaching candidates to be assistants on his staff.

Former University of Utah coach Jim Boylen was the latest to speak with Brown, the two meeting Monday at the Lakers' practice facility, according to an NBA official not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Philadelphia's Quin Snyder, who was in charge of player development with the 76ers last season, met with Brown last Thursday, much of the conversation about the offense, the official said.

Chuck Person, the only holdover from Phil Jackson's staff, has interviewed several times with Brown about a position on the staff, the official said.

It already has been reported that former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester and former Moscow CSKA coach Ettore Messina are also expected to join Brown's staff, but nothing has become official.

If hired, Kuester, Boylen and Person would be on the bench beside Brown, the NBA official said, and Snyder and Messina would be behind the bench in roles more as "special assistants."

Boylen spent four seasons at Utah before he was fired last March. He was an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets for 11 years and also served in the same role with the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks.

Snyder coached three seasons in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros before he joined the 76ers in 2010. He was the head coach at the University of Missouri from 1999 to 2006, an assistant coach at Duke from 1993 to 1999 and an assistant coach with the Clippers under Larry Brown from 1992 to 1993.

Person has been on the Lakers' staff the last two seasons. He was the team's defensive coordinator last season.

Kuester and Mike Brown worked together for two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kuester was fired by the Pistons earlier this month. He had a tumultuous season; four of his players revolted when they decided to skip a team shoot-around.

Also, Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw will interview this week with the Indiana Pacers about becoming the lead assistant coach on Frank Vogel's staff, the Indianapolis Star reported.

If hired, Shaw may also get the title of associate head coach, an NBA official said.

Shaw interviewed for the head coaching job with the Pacers in 2007 and he was a teammate on the Boston Celtics with Larry Bird, who is the president of the Pacers.

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