Mike Brown closing in on staff

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth, Philadelphia 76ers player
development coach Quin Snyder and former University of Utah head coach
Jim Boylen are the three finalists for a position on the staff of new
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, according to sources close to the

Roth and Snyder have already interviewed for the position, sources said, with Boylen scheduled to meet Monday with Brown.

Brown has already hired famed Italian coach Ettore Messina to serve as a
coaching consultant and likewise intends to hire John Kuester, recently
fired by the Detroit Pistons, to focus on the Lakers’ offense as
Kuester did when he coached under Brown in Cleveland.

Chuck Person has also been offered the opportunity to join Brown’s staff as the only holdover from Phil Jackson’s coaching team. He coached with Brown in Indiana under then coach Rick Carlisle. Person also interviewed for one of the assistant coach positions under new Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale. He is expected to make a decision on this future sometime this week, according to a source.

Roth is a veteran NBA assistant who spent the 2010-11 campaign as an assistant coach in Toronto under the recently dismissed Jay Triano. He has worked as an assistant coach in Dallas, Memphis and Golden State and worked as a scouting director for the Milwaukee Bucks. Roth has likewise served as a head coach in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam and with the Dominican Republic’s national team and worked closely in his Grizzlies days with Pau Gasol after Memphis traded for him after Atlanta drafted the Spaniard in 2001.

Snyder likewise just completed his first season in Philadelphia as a member of Doug Collins’ staff, overseeing player development for the Sixers. Before that Snyder coached the D-League’s Austin Toros for three seasons after a seven-season stint as the head coach at the University of Missouri. Snyder broke into the NBA as an assistant under Larry Brown with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1992-93 before moving to Duke as an assistant under Mike Krzyzewski from 19931999.


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