The Lakers completely rounded out Byron Scott’s coaching staff in exactly 13 days before training camp begins.
The new revelations, which the Lakers announced on Tuesday, entailed Clay Moser will become one of Scott’s assistants while video coordinator Tom Bialaszewski and video coordinator/player development coach J.J. Outlaw will stay on staff. The basketball operations department also promoted Rondre Jackson to the team’s director of player development after overseeing Club Lakers, while hiring Jordan Wilkes as a basketball operations assistant. Wilkes starred at the University of California (2005-2009) and is the son of Jamaal Wilkes, who played on the Showtime Lakers.
It was already reported in this outlet that the rest of Scott’s staff would include assistants Paul Pressey, Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen as well as assistant/player development coaches Larry Lewis and Thomas Scott, who is Byron’s son.
“I’m excited to have completed my staff with a group of individuals who each possess unique skills, but all share my vision for the future of this team,” Scott said in a statement. “Paul is a great basketball mind with vast experience and someone with whom I have worked before, while Jim returns to the Laker family with a proven track record and a tremendous amount of respect around the league. Thomas has worked very hard through the ranks of the video department, player development and the NBA Development League to earn this position. I’m delighted to retain Mark, Clay, Larry, Tom and J.J., who are all highly qualified and have worked tirelessly with our players throughout the summer to prepare for next season. I can say with certainty that our staff is dedicated to upholding the winning culture and tradition of the Los Angeles Lakers.”
Moser had worked as an advance scout under Lakers coaches Mike D’Antoni and Mike Brown. He had previously served as associate head coach for the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. The rest of Moser’s coaching resume also included serving as an advance scout for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10), Orlando Magic (2007-08), Sacramento Kings (2006-07) and Golden State Warriors (2002-03) as well as Vice President of Business Development for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (2005-06), as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs 2005 Summer League Team and as a business consultant for the NBA (2005).
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) anClay Moserd 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.
Both Bialaszewski and Outlaw worked in their respective roles under both Brown and D’Antoni.