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Lakers add former WNBA player Shay Murphy as coaching associate

Phoenix Mercury Media Day 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 8: Shay Murphy #14 of the Phoenix Mercury poses for a photo during Media Day on May 8, 2017 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Shay Murphy, a Southern California native who played her college ball at USC before going on to play nine years in the WNBA, has landed a job that SoCal hoopers grow up wanting:

She is now a coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. Dave McMenamin of ESPN broke the news.

Murphy is the first woman to have a coaching role with the Lakers.

A coaching associate is someone on their way to becoming an assistant coach, and they are people who work with players both at practices and pregame, and have other roles in assisting the coaching staff.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel saw changes to his coaching staff this offseason when Jason Kidd left to take over the head coaching job in Dallas. The Lakers added John Lucas III and former NBA head coach David Fizdale to the staff.