The Los Angeles Lakers‘ extra long list of assistant coaches just got a little shorter.
According to Mike Bresnahan, the team isn’t going to retain the services of Bernie Bickerstaff and Chuck Person:
While I’m not too shocked about Bickerstaff being let go – he was brought in by Mike Brown after all – I’m a little surprised that Person is moving on.
Person was brought in by Phil Jackson and the Lakers after the team signed Ron Artest, yet he stayed on with the club after Phil retired, too. He did have past ties with Brown, so perhaps that’s why he decided to keep him in town.
Mike D’Antoni will have the chance to form his own coaching staff this summer, unlike in November when he was signed and had to work with the assistants that had already been brought in by Brown. There was a rumor last week that D’Antoni wants to bring in Nate McMillan or Alvin Gentry to look after the defense, so maybe that’s something we’ll see as the off-season progresses.
UPDATE: Lakers.com say that player development coach, Phil Handy, will remain on the staff. Steve Clifford‘s future with the team isn’t clear right now, seeing as he’s interviewing for the head coaching job in Charlotte this week.