Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Phil Handy to be hired as player development coach
By Dave McMenamin
Since getting the job with the Lakers, new coach Mike Brown has mentioned on several occasions how much he likes having a "big staff" of assistants to work with.
The stance makes sense if you know Brown's background and how he was able to climb up the NBA coaching ladder, spending five seasons as a scout and video coordinator in Denver before he was able to make it as the junior-most assistant in Washington.
If those fringe coaching positions hadn't been available to him at an entry level, Brown might not be where he is today.
Brown is set to add to his ever-growing staff by hiring Phil Handy as a player development coach.
The role should fit Handy well as he has spent the last five years coaching young talent with the AAU club Team 94 in Northern California, while moonlighting as a trainer to NBA players in the summertime. His past pupils include Blake Griffin, Arron Afflalo, Anthony Randolph, Eddie House, DeMarcus Nelson, Tony Delk, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams and Nathan Jawai.
Handy joins Brown's staff that already includes John Kuester, Chuck Person, Ettore Messina, Quin Snyder, Darvin Ham and Kyle Triggs.