Report: Lakers hiring Raptors’ Phil Handy as assistant coach


Toronto Raptors during their championship celebration. (Geoffrey Knott/Sportsnet)

The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Toronto Raptors assistant coach Phil Handy, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Spears reports that Handy, who has coached in five straight NBA Finals and won two, will be “at the front of the bench with the Lakers.”

The assistant coach joined the Raptors last July as part of head coach Nick Nurse’s team after working with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization from 2013 to 2018.

Handy, who grew up in Oakland, Calif., will head into his second stint with the Lakers, having served as a player-development coach in Los Angeles from 2011–13, working closely with players like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Pau Gasol.

The assistant coach is known as one of the best skill-development coaches in the NBA.

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