September 17, 1959 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Fremont (Oakland, California)|
|College||Los Medanos JC (1978–1979)
Chabot College (1979–1980)
Oregon State (1980–1982)
|NBA draft||1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Golden State Warriors|
|Number||15, 32, 7, 12|
|1982–1986||Golden State Warriors|
|1986–1987||Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)|
|1988–1991||New Jersey Nets|
|1993||Los Angeles Clippers|
|1993–1994||Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)|
|1995||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1996–1997||Florida Beach Dogs (CBA)|
|1998||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|2004–2005||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2005–2007||Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)|
|2007–2010||Indiana Pacers (assistant)|
|2010–2013||Atlanta Hawks (assistant)|
|2013–present||Denver Nuggets (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||4,337 (6.3 ppg)|
|Assists||2,669 (3.9 apg)|
|Steals||1,085 (1.6 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Lester Allen Conner (born September 17, 1959) is an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player, who played for numerous NBA teams. He played the point guard position.
After two seasons playing for Los Medanos Junior College and Chabot College, Conner played collegiately at Oregon State University under legendary coach Ralph Miller, and was on the 1980-1981 squad which spent most of the season at #1 in the polls, before being upset in the second round of the 1981 NCAA Tournament. He was drafted in 1982 as the 14th pick overall, by the Golden State Warriors, and played with the Warriors for 4 seasons. He would later play for the Houston Rockets, and serve two stints with both the New Jersey Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, finishing his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Indiana Pacers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. He ended his NBA playing days in 1995. He earned the nickname "The Molester" for his defensive play.
Conner began his NBA coaching career in 1998 as an assistant to Rick Pitino for the Boston Celtics. He also was twice the assistant coach in Milwaukee for head coach Terry Stotts, leaving after Stotts was fired following the 2006-2007 season.
Conner credits current Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien for his start in coaching. and has worked under O'Brien on three separate occasions. The first was with the Boston Celtics from 2001-04. The second was as associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2004-05 season. In June, 2007, Conner moved to Indiana, to once again work for O'Brien and the Pacers. In 2010, Conner joined Larry Drew as his top assistant at the Atlanta Hawks.
In 2013, he joined the Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach.