The changes to the Lakers’ coaching staff has not just involved Luke Walton replacing Byron Scott.
Walton has also mostly replaced Scott’s staff with his own assistants. The Lakers announced on Friday that Walton will have Brian Keefe, Jud Buechler, and Theo Robertson as player development coaches. Casey Owens will be the Lakers’ assistant coach and advance professional scout after serving as the head coach for the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. The Lakers also promoted Will Scott as the team’s video coordinator after previously serving as an assistant coach/video coordinator for the D-Fenders (2015-16) and video coordinator for the WNBA’s Sparks (2014, 2015).
The Lakers had already named Brian Shaw as associate head coach, as well as Jesse Mermuys and Mark Madsen as assistant coaches.
Buechler played 12 seasons in the NBA, while winning three championships with the Chicago Bulls. Keefe worked as an assistant the past two seasons with the New York Knicks. And Robertson worked the past two seasons with the Golden State Warriors on Steve Kerr’s coaching staff, first as a video intern and then as a video coordinator/player development coach.