The Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff may be in for a change. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, the Knicks are currently in serious discussions to add Lakers assistant Jud Buechler to their staff.
Buechler, a Phil Jackson disciple, has worked under Luke Walton the last two seasons. His role has primarily been in player development where his championship experience could be used in giving valuable lessons to the Lakers’ young core.
If he agrees to the deal, Buechler would be helping David Fizdale who was hired earlier this month as the next head coach of the New York Knicks. Buechler would presumably still work in the same role, giving him the opportunity to help develop young, promising prospects in Kristaps Porzingis and Frank Ntilikina.
Buechler spent 12 years playing in the NBA before retiring, winning three championships with Jackson and the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers were the 49-year-old’s first coaching experience. He was the head coach of the team’s summer league squad last July when the team won the tournament behind strong play from Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma.