It's official: Lakers hire Tracy Murray as shooting coach

It's official: Lakers hire Tracy Murray as shooting coach
Tracy Murray, center, coaches an all-star team along with Baron Davis, right, during the Ball Up Championship Game at Cal State Northridge on June 24, 2011. (Mark Sullivan / Getty Images)

Tracy Murray will stay with the Lakers for the season as a shooting coach, the team announced Thursday.

Murray joined the team on a trial basis for training camp as part of Coach Byron Scott's staff.

"I've known Tracy a long time, and he was one of the purest shooters I've ever seen," said Scott in a release. "I think he'll be a benefit to our players, especially our young guys, and I look forward to working with him as a member of our staff."

A Bruin from 1989 to 1992, Murray was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 1992 with the 18th overall pick. He played one season with the Lakers through 2002-03 in a minor role, making 31 appearances while averaging 2.0 points a game.

Murray's best individual season came with the Toronto Raptors in 1995-96, when he averaged 16.2 points a game while shooting 42.2% from three-point range. Murray also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards (and Bullets) and Denver Nuggets.

In 1998, Murray had a career high of 50 points with the Wizards.

As a shooting coach, Murray will be asked by the Lakers to focus on "improving the players' shooting form and technique."

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