The Los Angeles Lakers officially announced the hirings of Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff as assistant coaches on Friday afternoon. Reports had surfaced a few weeks ago that the team was closing in on agreements to bring the three coaches to L.A., and now the news has been confirmed.
Official. RT @lakersreporter: The Lakers just announced that they hired Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff as assistants.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 7, 2012
Jordan, 57, has coaching experience with the Kings, Wizards and, most recently, the 76ers. He also spent seven years in the league as a backup shooting guard. Look for him to be one of the offensive gurus on the coaching staff.
Clifford spent the last five years in Orlando and should be key in adjusting Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. His experience with the talented big man could pay dividends down the road.
Bickerstaff will likely be more of a team manager than anything. A veteran of the league and the game, look for him to be a key member of the staff as he works to gel Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.
The 2012-2013 NBA season is now less than two months away.
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