This is Kurt’s second stint as an assistant with the Lakers, and he also filled in at head coach in the 1998-99 season.
GM Mitch Kupchak had some words to say:
This fits in perfectly with the Lakers conspiracy scheme to bring back some fan favorites during the season of one-year contracts, since Kurt also played for the team as a part of the “Showtime” Lakers..
"Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team. Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff. Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us."
He also tweeted about it, saying:
For those of us who subscribe to wishful thinking, he can easily step in once they inevitably fire D’Antoni.