Former assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, Ronnie Lester, has landed a front office job with the Phoenix Suns, according to AZ Central:
[pullquote]When Ryan McDonough became the Suns general manager, he talked about following Boston’s tighter front office model with “master evaluators” who could scout and compare players from any college or league.
The first men he targeted for those roles are Washington Wizards director of player personnel Pat Connelly and former Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager Ronnie Lester, who are joining the Suns’ scouting staff in unspecified roles.
Lester worked 24 years for the Lakers, including his last 10 as general manager Mitch Kupchak’s right-hand man. In 2011, Lester and 20 other Lakers employees, including his scouts, were let go as their contracts expired for a cost-cutting measure in anticipation of the lockout.[/pullquote]
According to the report, Lester interviewed for the Suns’ general manager job in 2010.
After winning a championship as a guard with the Lakers in 1985, Lester joined the Lakers’ staff as a scout in 1987 and worked his way up through the ranks until he reached the assistant GM position.
Over a 26 year period in Los Angeles, Lester won eight championship rings: one as a player and seven as a part of the Lakers’ staff.