A quick roundup of news impacting Mike Brown as he looks to fill out his staff:
Chuck Person, the only realistic holdover candidate from last season's crop of assistants, met on consecutive days late last week with Brown, but as ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin reports, Person isn't putting his eggs in one basket. He's scheduled to interview with the Houston Rockets, hiring assistants to serve with new coach Kevin McHale.
Via multiple reports, including Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Mike Malone, who worked under Brown in Cleveland and was widely believed to be a serious candidate to join him in L.A., will instead be the lead assistant on Mark Jackson's new staff in Golden State. Malone is considered a top shelf defensive coach, helping transform the Hornets into a top tier team on that end of the floor this season. Should Malone do the same with the Warriors, he should bypass "next hot head coaching candidate" status and go straight to sainthood, because that would be a miracle.
John Kuester, the architect of Brown's more productive offenses in Cleveland and recently canned as head coach of the Pistons, is seen as a very strong possibility to come to Los Angeles.
If you haven't had a chance to read the Q and A on Ettore Messina, added to Brown's staff in a consulting capacity, it's well worth the time. I suspect he wasn't brought across the pond just to do light office work, so his influence could be very important.