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Report: Lakers contact Robert Horry about assistant-coaching job

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Robert Horry could be on the sideline soon.
Robert Horry could be on the sideline soon. (USATSI)

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The Los Angeles Lakers have reached out to Robert Horry about the possibility of becoming an assistant coach under Byron Scott, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

Horry played for the Lakers from 1997 to 2003 and won three NBA titles with them. He currently analyzes the team for Time Warner Cable SportsNet, like Scott did last season.

With the present so cloudy, Los Angeles is clearly pushing the past. The Lakers trotted out Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar and Jamaal Wilkes at Scott's introductory presser on Tuesday. From Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins:

“[It's] great that L.A. takes care of its own like this,” Kareem said, and the legends nodded.

They spun old stories of Scott sneaking into The Forum as a boy in Inglewood to watch Jerry West; enduring hazing rituals without complaint as a Lakers rookie; winning three titles catching kick-out passes and knocking down treys. They noted that he still sticks practice plans in the waistband of his shorts — the way Pat Riley used to do — and still understands that all those iconic fast breaks started with defensive stops.

They predicted a rapid return to prominence (“I don't think it will take long,” Scott said) and downplayed their local rival with the new owner (“One has 17 banners and the other doesn't have any,” he added). They used terms like “Laker Basketball” and characterized the previous two coaches, Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni, as outsiders who never understood the household dynamics.

Johnson went so far as to suggest Michael Cooper be considered for a spot on the staff, even though Cooper coaches the WNBA's Atlanta Dream and underwent surgery last week for tongue cancer.

No one knows how good of a coach Horry can be, but he's beloved in Los Angeles and familiar for the organization and Scott. With seven total championships and experience playing under Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson, Horry surely knows a thing or two about how to win in the NBA.

Gary Payton is also reportedly a Lakers assistant-coaching candidate.

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