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Report: Gary Payton is a candidate for Bucks, Lakers assistant coach

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Gary Payton is reaching for an assistant coaching position.  (USATSI)
Gary Payton is reaching for an assistant coaching position. (USATSI)

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The Racine Journal Times reports that Hall of Fame former All-Star Supersonic and Fox Sports 1 commentator Gary Payton is a candidate for an assistant coaching position with both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Payton has been a mentor for several players in recent years including Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. It's a little surprising that he'd be interested in an assistant position over his current Fox Sports 1 position, especially considering that apparently, based off what's gone on with Jason Kidd, Steve Kerr, and Derek Fisher over the past year, you don't actually need any experience in order to get a head coaching position.

But Payton provides a wealth of experience and a keen insight into the game, especially for guards. He'd be valuable to have on a staff. Both teams should consider him as an option.

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