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Lakers could bring back LeBron James, Anthony Davis favorite as assistant?

LeBron James in a Lakers jersey

Apr 4, 2023; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts to being called for a foul against the Utah Jazz in the last minute of the fourth quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers may be trying to get their old bubble crew back together.

Veteran NBA writer Marc Stein reported this week that there are already some names emerging as potential Lakers assistant coaches on JJ Redick’s staff. The former NBA guard Redick is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the Lakers’ head coaching job.

Stein notes that the Lakers could make a run at Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Jared Dudley to serve on Redick’s staff. He also names Sam Cassell (Boston) and James Borrego (New Orleans) as other currently-employed assistants whom the Lakers may pursue.

Dudley, a former NBA forward, is a known favorite of Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He played with them on the Lakers from 2019-21, including for the team’s 2020 championship. While Dudley rarely saw minutes, he was a beloved veteran, so much so that James and Davis were reportedly unhappy when Dudley was waived in a 2021 roster crunch.

Since retiring as a player, Dudley has been an assistant for the Mavericks, including this season as the team now sits just one win away from a Finals berth. But Dudley’s history with the Lakers makes him a likely offseason target (along with other previously-mentioned big names like this guy).

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