Luke Walton hires two more assistants

Luke Walton hires two more assistants

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While the free agency period is in full swing, the Lakers and head coach Luke Walton round out their coaching staff. It was announced today by Brad Turner of the LA times that Theo Robertson and Jud Buechler would join as assistants.

Jud Buechler

Jud Buechler was a former NBA player who has ties to Arizona.  He played for the Wildcats from 1986-1990. The Seattle Supersonics drafted Jud Buechler in the 2nd round of the 1990 NBA draft. After that he played for multiple teams including for the Bulls from 1994-1998.  He was a very similar player to Luke Walton, and likely studied Phil Jackson’s offense thoroughly as a backup.  Jud Buechler has no coaching experience, so it is likely that Luke is hiring him for that very reason. Luke has stated that he is going to incorporate all of the offenses that he has learned over the years.

Theo Robertson

Theo Robertson was a part of the Golden State Warriors video department.  Robertson was an integral part in the championship Golden State won in 2015.  It’s likely he will be holding the same position with the Lakers. He was a significant piece in Cal-Berkley’s first Pac-12 championship in 50 years in 2010.  Luke Walton has stated that analytics is going to be an integral part of his team. This further proves that to be correct, as Theo Robertson’s job was to analyze hours of film to determine the best and most efficient ways for players to play.  It is not known if he will be on the sideline with the other assistants.

With the hiring of Brian Shaw and Jesse Mermuys, the assistants Luke Walton wants around him are starting to take shape. Each assistant has individual strengths that will help Walton build a system that best fits his players. Incorporating analytics and former successful systems could prove invaluable in the near future.

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