The Lakers, maybe more than any NBA team, value bridging their history with their present.
And it explains why Robert Horry is an assistant-coaching candidate.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:
Madsen played for the Lakers and is already on their staff. Pressey didn’t play for the Lakers, but he served as assistant under Scott in Cleveland.
Horry, the only player with more than seven championships since 1970, is the most intriguing name on the list.
Horry has no coaching experience, so his acumen is relatively unknown. But he is sanctimonious about the skill of other coaches and he didn’t win those titles by accident. Sure, luck played a role in Horry – a complementary player – joining so many championship teams, but he also showed a knack for making the right play.
He suffers from the same problem as Patrick Ewing. Big men, because they have a natural advantage on the court, aren’t perceived to be as smart of players. Horry’s 16-year career should give him a benefit of the doubt, though.
If he’s willing to do the work, Horry makes a solid assistant-coaching candidate. That he could learn the trade in a pace he’s already well-liked is only a bonus.