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INTERVIEW with new LA Lakers asst. coach Phil Handy

Former Toronto Raptors assistant coach and new front-of-the-bench assistant for the LA Lakers chats with Artie Wilson about how tough of a decision it was to leave Toronto and his excitement for this new challenge in LA.

That was probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve made throughout my young coaching career. I’m excited for the opportunity. Toronto was extremely hard to leave with everything we were able to accomplish in one year. This was a good move for my career in terms of promotion and obviously now being moved to the front-of-the-bench I think is going to be a good move for my career.

Handy played for the University of Hawai’i from 1993-95 and helped the Rainbow Warriors to their first NCAA Tournament since 1972. He worked in player development for the Lakers (2011-13) and was an assistant coach with the Cavaliers (2013-18) and Raptors (2018-19), coaching in the NBA Finals the past five season and winning two titles.