Nearly three weeks await before the Lakers begin training camp, leaving Byron Scott not much time to put the finishing touches on finalizing his coaching staff.
In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, Scott said he has added his son, Thomas, Larry Lewis and Paul Pressey to his staff that already included Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen.
Thomas and Lewis will serve as the assistant/player development coaches, while Eyen, Pressey and Madsen will have an elevated role as assistants. Scott did not specify which coach was considered his lead assistant.
“I’ll be the lead,” Scott said, laughing.
Scott also confirmed an ESPN report that suggested he may hire Igor Kokoskov, who has been an assistant coach with the Serbian national team as well as with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-14), Phoenix Suns (2008-13) Detroit Pistons (2003-08) and Clippers (2000-03).
“I’ve talked to a couple of guys, one in particular that is from overseas,” Scott said. “That is not definitive. But I have met with him.”
Thomas Scott had coached under his father as assistant video coordinator for the New Orleans Hornets (2006-10) and player development coach/video coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-11). He also served various assistant coaching gigs in the NBA’s Development League with the Canton Charge (2011-2013) and D-Fenders (2013-14), the Lakers’ D-League affiliate. Lewis was a player development coach with the Lakers under Mike D’Antoni last season after spending the past two seasons on the D-Fenders’ coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Eyen has compiled 23 years worth of experience as an NBA assistant coach in various capacities, most recently with the Sacramento Kings (2009-2013). Such stops also included the Lakers (1989-92), Clippers (1988-89, 2003-09), Milwaukee Bucks (1992-96) and Portland Trail Blazers (1997-2001). Pressey worked under Scott’s staff in New Orleans (2007-2009) and Cleveland (2011-2013). And Madsen appears to have received a promotion after spending last season as one of the Lakers’ player development coach. Both Madsen and Lewis also worked as co-coaches for the Lakers’ Vegas Summer League team.
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