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David Fizdale, two other assistant coach let go by the Los Angeles Lakers

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Apr 7, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach David Fizdale talks to guard Malik Monk (11) during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Lakers parted ways with assistant coaches David Fizdale, Mike Penberthy and John Lucas III, ESPN reported Tuesday.

New head coach Darvin Ham does plan to keep two other members of former coach Frank Vogel’s staff, however. Phil Handy and Quinton Crawford will remain part of the staff, per the report.

“I like coaches that like to roll up their sleeve and are able to get out there,” Ham said during his introductory press conference on Monday.

“Where I come from the last nine years, we did everything. We did player development. We did scouting. I had to step in as the head coach on a few occasions. But it was a team. It wasn’t coordinators on either side of the ball. We all pitched in on all aspects of our team basketball offensively and defensively. So, I’m looking to build that similar type of staff.”

Ham, 48, was named head coach last Friday after Vogel was fired in April following a disappointing 33-49 season.

Handy, 50, began his second stint with the Lakers in 2019, having worked in player development from 2011-13.

Crawford, 31, joined Vogel’s Los Angeles staff in 2019 after working as a video coordinator for the Orlando Magic.

The Athletic reported Monday that four-time All-Star Rasheed Wallace will join Ham’s staff. Wallace and Ham were teammates with the 2004 NBA champion Detroit Pistons.

–Field Level Media