With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, Los Angeles Lakers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
Miles Simon, who played professionally in the NBA and beyond, has emerged as one of the assistant coaches who has helped cultivate much of the team’s young talent. Simon has served as the head coach for the Lakers Las Vegas Summer League team; the same time went on to play a championship game.
While coaching the summer Lakers, Simon got an up-close look at Josh Hart, who won the tournament’s MVP Award, and rookies Moritz Wagner and Svi Mykhailiuk. He came to the Lakers in 2017 with a knack for developing younger players, and he will continue in that role.
Last season, youngsters like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball also helped the Lakers take a leap in the Western Conference standings.
A standout at Arizona, as well as an assistant later on with the Wildcats, Simon came to the Lakers following a stint with the USA Junior National Select Team for the Nike Hoops Summit.
Before spending the 1999 season with the Orlando Magic, Simon won the 1997 NCAA Tournament MOP, as Arizona won the NCAA championship.
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