2012-13 Coach Bios
Conner Henry enters into his second season in Los Angeles after serving as an assistant on the record-setting 2011-12 D-Fenders squad. Last season, Henry helped lead the D-Fenders to the most regular season wins in NBA D-League history (38) en route to the Regular Season Champion award, reach the first-ever NBA D-League Finals in team history, and win the inaugural Development Champion award, which is given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA talent via Call-Ups and player assignments. Furthermore, Henry coached eight NBA Call-Ups along with six Lakers assignment players in 2011-12.
Most recently, Henry was tabbed as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, coaching a squad that consisted of the top talent in the D-League. Prior to joining the D-Fenders, Henry spent four seasons in the Australian National Basketball League an assistant coach for the Sydney Kings (2010-11) and as both head and assistant coach (2008-09; 2006-08) for the Perth Wildcats. Henry, who played 10 seasons of professional basketball, originally earned his spot in the coaching ranks working for his hometown Claremont McKenna College as an assistant (2001-06). A 6’7” shooting guard out of UC Santa Barbara, Henry played two seasons in the NBA for four franchises (Houston, Boston, Milwaukee, Sacramento) along with 10 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association and Europe.
Returning for his second season with the D-Fenders and third NBA D-League season overall, Phil Hubbard brings a combined 31 years of professional basketball experience to Los Angeles. During his first year with the D-Fenders in 2011-12, Hubbard helped coach the team to the most regular season wins in NBA D-League history (38), capture the Regular Season Champion award, earn the first-ever NBA D-League Finals trip in team history, and garner the inaugural Development Champion award, which is given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA talent via Call-Ups and player assignments.
An experienced coach in international play and in the NBA, Hubbard led Caneros De La Romana of the Dominican Republic to a championship and worked as an assistant coach on the NBA D-League Select Team in the summer of 2012. Before signing with the D-Fenders, the Ohio native aided in player development for the Chinese Junior National Team and operated as an assistant for the Dongguan Leopards in China. Prior to coaching the Leopards, Hubbard began coaching in the D-League with Reno after working as an NBA assistant in Washington for six seasons (2003-09). While with the Wizards, Hubbard helped the team register a 197-224 record, earn their highest win total (45) in 25 years, and reach postseason for the first time since 1996-97. Assuming his role with the Wizards after spending eight total years as an assistant with Golden State (1998-2003) and Atlanta (1995-98), Hubbard also spent five years as scouting coordinator for the New York Knicks (1990-95) shortly after finishing his NBA playing career.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in education, Hubbard enjoyed a standout collegiate career for the Wolverines. The 6-8 forward led Michigan’s run to the 1976 NCAA Championship Game and is one of only five Michigan men’s basketball players to ever have their number (35) retired. What’s more, in 1976 Hubbard was also a member of the United States Olympic Basketball team that won a gold medal in Montreal. Selected with the 15th overall pick of the 1979 NBA Draft by Detroit, Hubbard played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons and Cavaliers, averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 665 career games.
Transitioning from player to coach went as well as it possibly could for Larry Lewis in his first season with the D-Fenders. At 43 years old, Lewis begins his second year with the D-Fenders and first as assistant coach after acting as player development coach during the 2011-12 campaign. In his first season with the D-Fenders, Lewis helped develop eight NBA Call-Ups along with six players on assignment from the Lakers. Additionally, Lewis played a central role in helping the team post the best regular season in NBA D-League history (38), earn the Regular Season Champion award, reach first NBA D-League Finals in team history, and capture the Development Champion award, which is given to the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA talent via Call- Ups and player assignments. Moreover, in his young coaching career, Lewis, earned a spot as an assistant on the NBA D-League Select Team in 2012.
Prior to working on the sidelines, Lewis, a 6’7” forward, played internationally in Argentina (2011), Spain (2001-2011), Japan (1996- 2001), Cyprus (1996), Great Britain (1993) and the Dominican Republic (1992). Furthermore, Lewis also played a season in the United States Basketball League with Sarasota (1996), in the Continental Basketball Association with the Harrisburg Hammerheads and Rapid City Thrillers (1994-95), and for Team USA (1995) in the Pan American Games where he won a silver medal. A three-year collegiate basketball player and alumnus of Morehouse College, Lewis turned pro when he was selected by the Albany Patroons of the CBA in 1992.
Entering into her fourth season with the D-Fenders as Head Athletic Trainer, Nina Hsieh has totaled 11 years of athletic training experience. In her role with the D-Fenders, Hsieh monitors the health of the players and is responsible for injury prevention, care and treatment. Before coming to the D-Fenders, the Huntington Beach, Calif. native functioned as athletic trainer for the UC Santa Barbara men’s soccer team (2010-11) along with the women's basketball team (2004-08). Hsieh is a graduate from Cal State Fullerton (B.S., Kinesiology, 2000) and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (M.S., Sports Health Care, 2003).
Will Scott, at just 23 years old, moves into his second season as the D-Fenders video coordinator. Working as student manager at Indiana University from 2009-11 under current head coach Tom Crean, Scott acted as an assistant to the entire coaching staff on a day-to-day basis and held an array of responsibilities such as video editing, supporting practice drills and aiding with in-game operations. A graduate of Indiana, Scott has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management along with a minor in Business.