Lakers Eyeing Two More Former LeBron Teammates for JJ Redick's Coaching Staff

The Los Angeles Lakers are considering bringing in two former Lakers to bolster JJ Redick's coaching staff.
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The Los Angeles Lakers finally have their head coach. JJ Redick will take over as the team desperately tries to make another deep postseason run in the twilight of LeBron James' career.

A massive challenge awaits the 39-year-old first-time head coach. Redick has no prior coaching experience and as respected as he was as a player and a commentator, it is an entirely different job. To help him with the transition, however, the Lakers have a plan. They are planning on bringing assistant coaches who have a ton of experience, as well as ones familiar with the organization and LeBron James.

According to Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers are considering hiring former Thunder and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks as an assistant to Redick. More notably, however, the Lakers have an interest in Rajon Rondo and Jared Dudley.

"Former Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is a name that’s been linked to the Lakers. The Times previously reported that the Lakers had interest in former Laker Rajon Rondo and Dallas assistant (and former Laker) Jared Dudley for the staff. "

Dan Woike, LA Times

Rondo and Dudley were both on the 2020 championship team in Los Angeles. Dudley retired as a Laker in 2021 and has been an assistant under Jason Kidd in Dallas for the past three seasons. Rondo, on the other hand, recently announced his retirement from the NBA and is looking for his first role on the bench.

Dudley is one of the most respected veterans in the league. His locker room presence is always highlighted and he has been a part of an NBA Finals team as an assistant coach with the Mavericks now.

Rondo may be inexperienced but he is considered to be one of the smartest basketball players in recent years.

Having played with LeBron and being familiar with the Lakers as an organization should be big advantages for the assistant coaching role. Is it enough to help Redick overcome this flawed roster to lead them to glory? That remains to be seen.

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