Before training camp, the Lakers hired Tracy Murray as a “shooting consultant” — a temporary role for camp which had the chance of blossoming into a more permanent one. That day has arrived as the Lakers have named the former Bruin (and Laker) as their shooting coach for the upcoming season. From the press release:
In his position, Murray will work with head coach Byron Scott and his staff, focusing on improving the players shooting form and technique.
“I’ve known Tracy a long time, and he was one of the purest shooters I’ve ever seen,” said Scott. “I think he’ll be a benefit to our players, especially our young guys, and I look forward to working with him as a member of our staff.”
As I wrote when Murray was brought on in his consultant role, this type of hire is a good look for the Lakers. They have not always invested in these types of specialist coaches, but considering the revenue the team generates and the fact positions like these do not count against the cap in any way, it is good to see the organization leverage some of their resources to add to their player development team.