Phil Handy Rumors
Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni gave Phil Handy a great recommendation. An NBA source told The Plain Dealer on Friday that Handy has been hired by the Cavaliers, but the team said nothing is official yet. Handy was a player development coach for the Lakers under Mike Brown and D’Antoni, who replaced Brown earlier this season. “He’s really good at developing players, a good workout guy with a great work ethic,” D’Antoni said Friday. “He’ll do a super job for Mike, for sure.”
What exactly is the difference between a player development coach and assistant coach?”It’s more just area of responsibility,” D’Antoni said. “It’s the same thing. One guy might [prepare] defense against Detroit. Another guy might develop players. It’s just a different area. “He can do whatever. His specialty was working guys out, making them better. Especially for a young group of guys he’s good for them. I don’t what he’s going to do for Cleveland, so I don’t know where he fits in. But wherever he fits in, he’ll be good.”
The Cavaliers were granted permission from the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Phil Handy for Mike Brown’s coaching staff, the Lakers confirmed on Thursday. Handy was Brown’s player development coach with the Lakers.