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Lakers Hire John Kuester

According to, and after weeks of rumors since Mike Brown was hired, the Lakers have finally hired John Kuester as an assistant.

The Los Angeles Lakers have hired John Kuester to serve as an assistant coach, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak. 

"I'm extremely excited to have John join the team as a member of my coaching staff," said Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown. "Having previously worked together in Cleveland, I know what assets he will bring to the team. His ability to effectively communicate with the players while teaching them valuable skills on both ends of the court is a quality that I respect and value. I look forward to working with him again."

Kuester joins the Lakers after a two-year stint as head coach for the Detroit Pistons. Prior to his time in Detroit, Kuester spent 14 years as an assistant coach in the NBA, working for six different franchises (Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Jersey, Orlando and Cleveland). 

"I'm extremely excited to be working with Mike Brown, as well as to have the opportunity to work with the Lakers, one of the premier organizations in the NBA," said Kuester.    

Worried about his miserable tenure with the Pistons?  Don't be too concerned (at least yet).  There's a huge difference between being an assistant coach and head coach.  By the way, how great should Kuester feel?  He flames out in crappy Detroit, only to land a spot with a championship team in Los Angeles.  Not a bad fall at all.

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