RUMOR: Ex-Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek could be in line as next Lakers assistant
The Los Angeles Lakers look serious in building a formidable coaching staff for the upcoming season.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Lakers will likely consider hiring Jeff Hornacek as assistant. Kurt Rambis and Phil Jackson, who both have links to the Lakers, were both high on Hornacek during his stint as New York Knicks head coach.
Hornacek has a career coaching record of 161-216. He spent two seasons as Knicks head coach, where he racked up 60 wins against 104 defeats. If he comes to terms with the Lakers, Los Angeles will now have three assistants who are former head coaches in the league.
The Lakers are rebuilding their coaching staff after a disappointing campaign in the 2018-19 NBA season. Los Angeles hired former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel as their new coach, replacing Luke Walton, who eventually signed with the Sacrament Kings.
Shortly after hiring Vogel, the Lakers added Jason Kidd as assistant coach. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kidd is now the highest-paid assistant coach in the league.
And according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are also hiring Lionel Hollins as an assistant coach for next season.
Hollins is also a veteran head coach, having compiled a 262-272 record during his coaching stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets.