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Former Knicks coach David Fizdale joins Lakers staff

LOS ANGELES — Former Knicks head coach David Fizdale has joined his hometown Los Angeles Lakers because the lead assistant coach on Frank Vogel’s staff.

The Lakers additionally employed John Lucas III as an assistant coach and named Roger Sancho their head athletic coach Wednesday.

Fizdale was the Memphis Grizzlies’ head coach for 101 video games from May 2016 till November 2017, main them to the playoffs in his solely full season. He took the highest job with New York in May 2018, however was fired in December 2019 after New York obtained off to a 4-18 begin.

Before taking up the Grizzlies, Fizdale was an assistant coach for 13 seasons at Miami, Atlanta and Golden State.

Fizdale, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, fills the lead assistant emptiness created on the Lakers’ staff in June when Jason Kidd left to grow to be the Dallas Mavericks’ head coach.

Lucas performed eight NBA seasons for six groups. He was a participant growth coach with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2017-19.

David Fizdale

Lucas will take over a number of the tasks left behind by Lionel Hollins’ resolution to depart the Lakers’ staff after they couldn’t agree on a brand new contract, and by Miles Simon’s promotion to move coach of the G League’s South Bay Lakers.

Phil Handy, Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford return on Vogel’s staff.

The Lakers didn’t renew the contract of head athletic coach Nina Hsieh in June after the membership skilled important harm issues all through final season. Their protection of their 2020 championship ended with a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns.

LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Alex Caruso, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and different Lakers have been sidelined or considerably restricted by accidents all through the second half of the season.

Sancho spent the previous seven seasons with the Golden State Warriors, together with the final 5 as an assistant athletic coach.

Sancho may have the doubtless daunting job of sustaining the well being of a roster with no less than 10 gamers who’re 32 years outdated or older, together with the oft-injured Davis.

The Lakers additionally promoted Ed Streit to move energy and conditioning coach.