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Pacific Notes: Redick, Van Gundy, Reaves, Suns, Fois

Pacific Notes: Redick, Van Gundy, Reaves, Suns, Fois

Building an experienced team of assistants will be vital for us Lakers trainer JJ Redickwrites Khobi Price of The Orange County Register, who suggests Stan Van Gundy as a potential addition. Van Gundy was not mentioned in early rumors regarding Redick’s staff, but Price points out that he had extensive head coaching experience with Miami, Orlando, Detroit and New Orleans before becoming a TNT broadcaster, and Redick spent some seasons playing for him.

Price notes that since news of Redick’s hiring broke Thursday, Scott Brooks, Sam Cassell and Jared Dudley were the most prominent names mentioned as possible assistants. But Celts wish to keep Cassell and Mavericks would prefer to keep Dudley, so he could be away from the Lakers.

Van Gundy spoke with Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel about Redick’s ascension to the head coaching ranks, saying it’s consistent with how he’s always prepared.

“He had a cerebral, analytical approach to the game even as a player.” Van Gundy said. “He knew the game inside and out because he had to. He wasn’t a very athletic guy, so he had to know the game and apply himself. It was clear how much he knew about the game just by listening to him talk. I didn’t know, but even when he was playing, maybe he was preparing to be a head coach one day.”

There are more from the Pacific Division:

  • Austin Reaves is excited about the changes Redick will bring Lakers (video link from THV11’s Cierra Clark in Little Rock, Arkansas). “I got to know JJ a little by going to his podcast mid-year.” Reaves said. “He’s a basketball genius, I think everybody knows that. I think he will be a good coach and I can’t wait to start working with him. … I can’t wait to put our brains together and have a good year.”
  • Gerald Bourguet of PHNX Sports quotes the Providence guard Devin CarterColorado forward Cody Williams and G League wing Ignite Ron Holland as potential targets for suns if he tries to trade up from the 22nd pick in Wednesday’s draft. Bourguet sees Carter as the top defensive end in the draft, with an NBA-ready game with plenty of upside. If Phoenix decide to go down, Bourguet considers the Swedish forward Bobby Klintmanbaylor wing Jalen Bridgesguard UC Santa Barbara Ajay Mitchell and guard Virginia Ryan Dunn as possibilities.
  • Riccardo Fois will become assistant to administration trainer Mike Brown next season, tweets Alessandro Luigi Maggi from Sportando. Fois has been an assistant coach at the University of Arizona since 2021.