The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Quinton Crawford as an assistant coach for Frank Vogel’s staff, according to the LA Times’ Brad Turner. Crawford joins a staff that includes Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy and shooting coach Mike Penberthy.
A former walk-on at Arizona, Crawford began his NBA career as an assistant video coordinator with the Sacramento Kings. He was then the video coordinator and player development coach for Vogel’s Orlando Magic teams before taking on the same role for the Charlotte Hornets after Vogel was fired. Before coaching in the NBA, Crawford was a graduate assistant at Pepperdine.
Crawford seems to have confirmed the hiring by liking several congratulatory messages on his personal Twitter profile.
Crawford joins Handy as the second player development coach on the staff, although the former will likely be more involved in the film study aspect of the team.
Vogel has traditionally had smaller coaching staffs in his stops with the Indiana Pacers and the Magic, so it’s not clear if the team will look to add more to the already five-deep assistant coaching pool. The biggest need seems to be an offensive coordinator although it’s not clear what the roles for each of the currently hired assistant coaches will officially be.