Lester Conner Rumors
By bringing Shaw to Indiana, it was an opportunity to repay a debt from six years earlier when Vogel was looking for an opportunity after the Philadelphia 76ers made changes to their coaching staff. Shaw was with the Lakers when he got a call from longtime friend Lester Conner, who was an assistant with Vogel in Philadelphia. Conner asked Shaw if the Lakers could use Vogel as an advance scout on the East Coast. “Sight unseen, just off of Lester’s word, I went to (Lakers general manager) Mitch Kupchak and (coach) Phil Jackson and said, ‘Can we think about hiring this guy?’ For $200 a game, he scouted all our East Coast opponents. That kept him involved, kept his name out there and so he always reminds me, ‘You threw me a lifeline and I threw you one.’ It worked out well.”
The Atlanta Hawks announced today that Head Coach Larry Drew has added Kenny Atkinson to his staff as Assistant Coach/Player Development, and Bob Weiss as Assistant Coach/Consultant. They join Assistant Coaches Lester Conner and Bob Bender, and Player Development Instructor Nick Van Exel on the Hawks’ bench. In addition, Rick Sund has been named Senior Advisor, Basketball Operations, and Jeff Watkinson as Atlanta’s Strength and Conditioning Coach.