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Report: Lakers contact Robert Horry about becoming assistant coach

Jul 31, 2014, 5:11 PM EDT

The Lakers, maybe more than any NBA team, value bridging their history with their present.

That’s part of the reason they hired former player Byron Scott as head coach.

And it explains why Robert Horry is an assistant-coaching candidate.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Madsen played for the Lakers and is already on their staff. Pressey didn’t play for the Lakers, but he served as assistant under Scott in Cleveland.

Horry, the only player with more than seven championships since 1970, is the most intriguing name on the list.

Horry has no coaching experience, so his acumen is relatively unknown. But he is sanctimonious about the skill of other coaches and he didn’t win those titles by accident. Sure, luck played a role in Horry – a complementary player – joining so many championship teams, but he also showed a knack for making the right play.

He suffers from the same problem as Patrick Ewing. Big men, because they have a natural advantage on the court, aren’t perceived to be as smart of players. Horry’s 16-year career should give him a benefit of the doubt, though.

If he’s willing to do the work, Horry makes a solid assistant-coaching candidate. That he could learn the trade in a pace he’s already well-liked is only a bonus.

  1. rexgrossman8 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Luck in joining so many championship teams?

    He better read the papers!

  2. mogogo1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    “He suffers from the same problem as Patrick Ewing. Big men, because they have a natural advantage on the court, aren’t perceived to be as smart of players”

    Well, the “I make a lot of money but I spend a lot of money, too” line played a pretty big part in Ewing being seen as less than a genius.

  3. clownsfan - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Always liked Big Shot Bob. Hope he does well.

  4. fordmandalay - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    ‘shrug’ Sure why not. Lakers management pretty much gave up on this season anyway, so have some fun. Might as well sign WNBA’s Maya Moore to the team too, and make history. I bet she’d be more fun to watch than most of the players they’ll be signing to fill in the roster this year.

  5. spursareold - Jul 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Horry will be an average coach until April thru June, when he turns into a HOFer.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      unless he can suit up for the Lakers, it won’t matter.

      HOF coaching of these Lakers will be mandatory to win 30 something games…

      Playoffs? Not this coming season folks.

      1 Spurs
      2 Thunder
      3 Clippers
      4 Mavs
      5 Trailblazers
      6 Rockets
      7 Warriors
      8 Memphis

      9 Suns
      10 Lakers

      • spursareold - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        Context fail.

  6. campcouch - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Never really thought of a basketball player being less intelligent due to his height. That’s news to me.

  7. urodaddy07 - Aug 1, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    I think there will be a few surprises this year. I think GSW and the Suns miss the playoffs and Rockets struggle to get in

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