In his third season as lead assistant on the Hawks coaching staff is veteran NBA player and coach Lester Conner.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Conner spent three years with the Indiana Pacers, Conner’s third different stint working with former Pacers coach Jim O’Brien, whom he previously worked for with the Boston Celtics (2001-04) and Philadelphia 76ers (2004-05), where he was associate head coach.
The upcoming season will be his 15th on the sidelines, as Conner began his pro coaching career in 1998 as an assistant to Rick Pitino in Boston. He also spent two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant coach, was a scout for the Miami Heat and an assistant coach for the Magic Johnson All-Stars.
A first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1982 (14th overall), Conner spent four seasons with the Warriors before continuing his career with Houston, two stints with both New Jersey and Milwaukee, the LA Clippers, Indiana and the LA Lakers. He earned a championship as a member of the CBA’s (Continental Basketball Association) Rapid City Thrillers in 1986-87.
In his 13-year playing career, he put up 6.3 ppg and 3.9 apg.
Conner grew up in Oakland, winning a California state championship his senior year at Fremont High School. After two years at Chabot Junior College in California, Conner played for the legendary Ralph Miller at Oregon State, helping lead the Beavers to a 52-6 record. He was named an AP All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year as a senior.
Born September 17, 1959 in Memphis, Tennessee, Conner and his wife, Stacy, are parents of twin daughters, Simone and Alana.