LSU Tigers head men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones has a championship on his mind, so it only makes sense that he filled out his coaching staff with a former NBA assistant coach who has a championship on his resume.
That man is Brendan Suhr, who was an assistant for Chuck Daly on the infamous Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” teams that won titles in 1989 and 1990, and spent 25 years in the NBA either as an assistant coach or executive.
Suhr’s hiring was announced in a statement from Jones, which was reported by Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
“We are very excited with the addition of Coach Brendan Suhr to our coaching staff,” Jones said in a statement. “He brings a great deal of experience with a wealth of knowledge that will certainly be very beneficial and impactful for our LSU basketball program and players. We look forward to him starting here this week as we begin to prepare for our upcoming trip and games in Australia.”
Suhr himself was happy to be hired and offered a statement of his own.
“I had seen LSU play a lot in the past year, and I’ve been watching them since Johnny (Jones) has been back for his three years,” said Suhr. “I’m very impressed with what he has done with this program. Philosophically, in our visits over the last month, we are totally on the same page, basketball-wise. It’s a great honor for me to be involved with a program that is on a rise like this in a great, great conference with good young talent, but also with a terrific coaching staff and a guy that I just think the world of.”
Oddly enough, Suhr becomes the team’s associate head coach as he replaces another former NBA veteran in Eric Musselman, who was the head coach of both the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings several years ago and left LSU to become the head coach at Nevada.
Given how the Tigers have an excellent recruiting class coming in this season in Ben Simmons, Antonio Blakeney and Brandon Sampson, not to mention returning players in Craig Victor and Tim Quarterman, Suhr should have no trouble helping Jones draw up plays to get the best out of this squad.
Considering how the Tigers ranked 12th in the nation in rebounding and 41st in points per game, expect this highly talented squad to improve those numbers immensely, even playing in the tough SEC.
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