Aug 19, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT
Talk with Eric Musselman for a few minutes and you realize some things. First, he knows basketball. Second, he is organized.
That alone does not make you a good NBA coach — managing people is the key to the job. For reference see Phil Jackson. But there should be little doubt that Musselman can teach.
Which means maybe this is the best thing for him — he is the new coach of the D-Fenders, the Lakers D-League team, notes CSNBayArea.com. He will get to that gig once he finishes coaching the Venezuelan national team this summer.
Also, Musselman is working his way around on crutches this summer due to an Achilles injury.
The D-Fenders return to the D-League after a one season sabbatical last year. This could be an interesting job: The Lakers are a handful of years away from having to retool their roster for the post-Kobe era. Guys that shine at the D-League level could be part of that future. Guys the drafted in the second round could get their chance to shine.
And Musselman can learn some new skills, too.
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