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Mike Brown hires former Cavaliers assistant Kuester as assistant coach

Jun 29, 2011, 8:34 PM EDT

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One of Mike Brown’s former assistants in Cleveland will be joining him in Los Angeles. According to Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired former Detroit Pistons head coach as an assistant:

LOS ANGELES — Former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester has been hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Wednesday.

“I’m extremely excited to have John join the team as a member of my coaching staff,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said in a statement. “Having previously worked together in Cleveland, I know what assets he will bring to the team. His ability to effectively communicate with the players while teaching them valuable skills on both ends of the court is a quality that I respect and value. I look forward to working with him again.”

Kuester had been an NBA assistant coach for a long time, but his main claim to fame before becoming head coach of the Pistons was being known as Brown’s “offensive coordinator” during the 2008-09 season, when the Cavs went from being the 17th-best offensive team in the league to the 4th-best offensive team in the league. Throughout the season, Brown, who had the reputation as a less-than-creative offensive coach, openly called Kuester his “offensive coordinator,” which was somewhat unprecedented in the NBA.

Much of that jump in offensive efficiency was due to the Cavs adding Mo Williams and Delonte West during the 2008 off-season, and the Cavalier offense didn’t suffer much when current Warriors assistant Mike Malone took over the “offensive coordinator” spot in the 2009-10 season.

Kuester’s head coaching stint in Detroit was something of an unmitigated disaster, but Brown clearly trusts him to oversee his offense, and his addition to the Lakers’ coaching staff should help Coach Brown as he attempts to replace the legendary Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers.

  1. bleedhouse - Jun 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    kobe wont even let kuester within 5 feet of him

  2. downtowndanny - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    what the hell is going on in L.A.? you get the sense that this is going to end badly…..

    • trbowman - Jun 29, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      Doubt it. They’re the Los Angeles Lakers. They’re too big to fail.

      • ac0117 - Jun 30, 2011 at 8:41 AM

        Yeah because the playoffs went great for them

  3. ocgunslinger - Jun 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Have to have the pieces in place (even if not perfect) when this next season eventually begins and who knows how many games will even be played.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jun 30, 2011 at 4:25 PM


  5. 00maltliquor - Jun 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    “his ability to effectivly communicate with the players…” ARE YOU F**KING KIDDING ME?!?!?!

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