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Lakers assistant Quin Snyder accepts same job with CSKA Moscow

July 09, 2012|By Mike Bresnahan

Lakers assistant coach Quin Snyder has accepted a job as an assistant coach for CSKA Moscow, becoming the second person to leave Mike Brown’s staff this summer.

Snyder will be the lead assistant under Ettore Messina, who served as a consultant with the Lakers last season before returning to CSKA Moscow for a second stint as the club’s head coach.

Snyder, 45, drew interest from two NBA teams this off-season and was a finalist for the head coaching job in Charlotte. He was also being considered for the Orlando Magic vacancy.

He became a favorite of Lakers players, earning their trust with his low-key, but effective, demeanor.

"This was a very difficult decision as Mike [Brown] and Mitch [Kupchak], and the entire organization, have been fantastic to work with, and while we're talking about one of Europe's elite teams, the Lakers are the highest caliber organization in the NBA and CSKA is the Lakers of Europe," Snyder said.

CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague championship in 2006 and 2008 and finished second last season with former NBA players Andrei Kirilenko and Nenad Krstic.

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