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