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More changes in Laker Land, and what they mean:
The team announces its new coaching staff (which had been previously reported), with former head coaches Eddie Jordan (Sacramento, Washington, Philadelphia), Bernie Bickerstaff (Seattle, Denver, Washington, Charlotte) and former Orlando assistant Steve Clifford join Chuck Person and Darvin Ham on Mike Brown's staff. Ettore Messina and Quin Snyder both left for CSKA Moscow during the offseason, while former Lakers assistant John Kuester has been re-assigned as an East Coast-based advance scout.
For all the buzz about Jordan bringing the Princeton offense, the addition of Clifford is the most underreported part of this shake-up. He is held in very high regard around the league and has a very good relationship with Dwight Howard from their time together with the Magic. Considering how sour things were at the end between Dwight and the entire Magic organization, it's safe to say Clifford - who was in the running for Portland's head coaching job this summer that went to Terry Stotts - wouldn't be in LA if Dwight hadn't given some sort of thumbs up. Nonetheless, Ham remains as the guy who will work with the big men - a role he played with Andrew Bynum before and will have with Howard now. At least whenever that Kareem guy is too busy to lend a helping hand.