LOS ANGELES—Newly hired Lakers Coach Mike Brown is working on assembling his coaching staff, doing what he can to get some familiar faces back with him.
Brown has contacted New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams to express his interest in having Hornets assistant Michael Malone join him in Los Angeles, according to an NBA official briefed on the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly.
Another coach Brown is interested in having on his Lakers staff is Detroit Pistons Coach John Kuester, two executives with NBA teams said.
Kuester's job with the Pistons is tenuous because of the revolt from his players during the past season when five of them skipped a practice.
He remains under contract, but if Kuester is let go, Brown wants him coaching with the Lakers.
Kuester was on Brown's staff in Cleveland as an assistant from 2007 to 2009. Kuester was named head coach of the Pistons in 2009.