Report says former Buckeye Chris Jent is poised to become top assistant for the LA Lakers

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When Chris Jent left his job as an Ohio State assistant coach in 2017, he joined the staff of the Atlanta Hawks. Now he is set to take a position as the top assistant with the Lakers.
Chris Jent played for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1988-92.

According to an ESPN report, the Los Angeles Lakers are hiring Atlanta Hawks assistant Chris Jent to be their top assistant coach. Jent was a player with the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1988-92. He was also an assistant under OSU's Thad Matta on two separate occasions: from 2011-13 and 2016-17.

Jent's coaching resume additionally includes roles with the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Cleveland is where Jent, 52, first worked with current Lakers star LeBron James, who will undoubtedly be happy to be reunited with the man he once referred to as his personal shooting coach. 

"I had a shooting coach, years back, in Chris Jent that helped my shot out a lot," James told reporters in 2015. "From there on I just kept the same routine. He helped me out a lot."

Jent also is familiar with first-year Lakers coach Darvin Ham, as the two were both on the Hawks staff in 2017-18. ESPN says Ham "made (hiring) Jent a priority and recruited him hard after getting the Lakers job."

The Lakers went 33-49 last year and failed to reach the NBA playoffs.