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Lakers bring in former player to staff in search of shooting improvement

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After finishing last season with their worst record in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping for a marked improvement this time around.

And, whilst they hope the arrival of the likes of Roy Hibbert and D'Angelo Russell, as well as the return of Kobe Bryant, will help them do that, the famous franchise have also made a key off-court decision this week.

Staff addition

As reported by Pro Basketball Talk, and confirmed by the Lakers themselves last night, the Los Angeles franchise has hired Tracy Murray as a shooting coach ahead of the 2015-16 season.

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Murray, a 12-year NBA veteran and a former first-round draft pick out of UCLA back in 1992, will aim to help a Lakers team that ranked 25th in the league in field goal percentages last year.

In announcing the move, Lakers.com noted that Murray would specifically be "focusing on improving the players' shooting form and technique."

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The L.A. franchise's head coach, Byron Scott, also backed the move for a man who he clearly rates very highly.

"I've known Tracy a long time, and he was one of the purest shooters I've ever seen," Scott told the Lakers' official website.

"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."

Experience

Although he has never held a coaching position in the NBA, Murray does have experience working in both the NBA D-league and WNBA.

In terms of his playing career, between 1992-2003, the now 44-year-old spent time on the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards (or Bullets as they were then known) as well as one season with his new employers, the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers have a number of players who like to shoot the ball on their roster including the likes of Kobe, Nick Young and young star D'Angelo Russell. This move can only be of help to them as they look to get the franchise heading in the right direction again after a few difficult years.

Lakers fans: Is there any chance this team can make a bid for the playoffs this season? Have your say in the comments below...

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