Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Shooting stars participant Robert Horry speaks to the media during the a press conference for the all star Saturday night participants at the Hilton Americas. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Horry as Assistant Coach?

Now that Byron Scott is officially the Laker head coach, the rest of the coaching staff needs to be hired.  Robert Horry was contacted on the possibility of becoming an assistant coach.

The Lakers have contacted Robert Horry to gauge his interest in becoming an assistant. Other possibilities to round out the staff are Lakers development coaches Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis, as well as video and game-plan specialist Tom Bialaszewski. – LA Times

Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis are current assistant coaches for the Lakers.  Mark Madsen led the team during the Vegas Pro League.  Byron Scott may keep them on his staff, along with hiring a few NBA veterans to build player relationships and recreate Laker culture in the locker room.

Phil Jackson used a similar formula with the hiring of Derek Fisher and Kurt Rambis.  Derek Fisher is a leader and builds great relationships with his players.  Kurt Rambis is more of a strategist and is the key person to implement the triangle offense.  Both have a close relationship with Phil Jackson.

Byron Scott, Mark Madsen, and Robert Horry have all shared NBA championships as Laker players.  They are all familiar with winning and have done so in different decades.  It’ll be interesting to see who takes on the role of being an offensive coordinator and a defensive coordinator.  Phil Jackson had Tex Winter as his offensive coordinator.  Byron may have to rely on his own knowledge and skill set to implement what he wants to see on the offensive side of the floor.

Byron Scott’s emphasis on defense is what will make Robert Horry a great assistant coach candidate.  He has won multiple championships with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs.  All of his championship teams had great implementation of defensive schemes and offensive execution.

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