Phil Handy

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Phil Handy
Los Angeles Lakers
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1971-08-24) August 24, 1971 (age 48)
San Leandro, California
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight193 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1995 / Undrafted
Playing career1995–2002
Coaching career2011–present
Career history
As player:
1995–1997Omaha Racers
1997–1998Grand Rapids Mackers
1998La Crosse Bobcats
As coach:
20112013Los Angeles Lakers (development)
20132018Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
2018–2019Toronto Raptors (assistant)
2019–presentLos Angeles Lakers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • CBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)

As assistant:

Phil Handy (born August 24, 1971[1])is an American basketball assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and player development trainer. He played college basketball at University of Hawaii, and then played professionally abroad before starting his career in coaching.

Early life[edit]

Born in San Leandro, California, he grew up in Hayward - Union City, California.[2]

College career[edit]

After a year of junior college,[2] Handy attended University of Hawaii from 1993 to 1995.[3] During his tenure with the Rainbows he was a WAC champion, and first Team All defense selection.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Handy played for the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers during the pre-season, in the Continental Basketball Association for the Omaha Racers, Grand Rapids Mackers (via dispersal draft from Omaha),[5] La Crosse Bobcats (rights traded to Fort Wayne Fury on 12 October 1998) and internationally in France (SLUC Nancy Basket), Italy, Germany, Spain,[6] Israel (Maccabi Hadera), England (Manchester Giants), and Australia (Melbourne Tigers and West Sydney Razorbacks).

He obtained a CBA All-Rookie First Team (1995-96), and a British Basketball League championship with the Manchester Giants in the season 1999-2000.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Handy has served as player development coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under Mike Brown. Still under Brown, he served as assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then moved to the Toronto Raptors as assistant for Nick Nurse.[8]

Before re-joining the Los Angeles Lakers for 2019-2020 season, he has been on the bench during 5 consecutive NBA finals, 4 with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2015-2018) and 1 with the Toronto Raptors (2019).