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.
As Scott mentioned, Murray can be especially useful to the team’s young players — specifically Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Both have the types of physical gifts which cannot be taught, but both would do well to improve the range and accuracy on their jumpshots. Making strides in this area, specifically, would not only make them more well rounded, but would help them further leverage their natural athletic talent to make them even more effective.
Overall, then, I am on board with this hire. The Lakers get a coach who, when he played in the league, was known not only for his shooting but for how technically clean his shot and form was. Further, the team reinvests into the development of their players with they type of coaching they have not always brought into the fold. Hopefully it will be a good match for all sides.