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Report: Lakers hiring David Fizdale as assistant coach

LeBron James and David Fizdale

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates with assistant coach David Fizdale while playing the Indiana Pacers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. 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 NBAE 2013 (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Lakers just lost an assistant coach LeBron James likes – Jason Kidd, who’s becoming the Mavericks’ head coach.

So, the Lakers will hire another assistant coach LeBron likes – David Fizdale, who worked with LeBron on the Heat before becoming a head coach with the Grizzlies and Knicks.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Credit Lakers coach Frank Vogel for feeling secure enough to bring in an assistant who has prior head-coaching experience and is close with the team’s superstar. That makes Los Angeles’ coaching staff even stronger.

Fizdale had problems in Memphis and New York, but he looked good as an assistant in Miami. He’ll probably do well in that role in Los Angeles, too.