NBA Rumors: Lakers consider J.B. Bickerstaff as assistant coach


Rumors are swirling with the Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff who is said to become a part of the Los Angeles Lakers next season as an assistant coach.

Based on a previous report, Bickerstaff informed the Rockets official that he will no longer be on the list of candidates for the Houston Rockets head coach position. He also said that he would rather prefer being demoted than coaching the Rockets next season. With this, many speculated that Bickerstaff will be moving to another team either as a coach or as a part of the staff.

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“If JB Bickerstaff doesn’t remain with the Rockets in any capacity he could join the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. Bickerstaff has a good relationship with newly hired coach Luke Walton.” Calvin Watkins of ESPN said, according to a report by Lakers Nation

J.B. Bickerstaff will be a good addition to the Lakers coaching staff especially as Luke Walton’s assistant. Bickerstaff managed to set up a record of 37-34 for the Rockets as interim head coach and bring the team to the Western Conference playoffs. It is undeniable that he is a good coach. Despite the lack of chemistry of his players, mainly James Harden and Dwight Howard, entering the playoffs was still a good achievement.

If Bickerstaff goes on to be a part of the Lakers coaching staff, he could share his ideas with the Lakers young cores. It will be an easy task for him to handle young players compared to his time with the Rockets.

While Walton is still focused on helping coach Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors win their second NBA championship title, Bickerstaff can take over the Lakers rebuilding process for the mean time together with other coaching staffs like former Lakers guard Bryan Shaw.

However, Lakers are yet to decide on their assistant coach and the job is still open for those who are interested.

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