Lester Conner

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Lester Conner
Personal information
Born (1959-09-17) September 17, 1959 (age 55)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
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
Pro career 1982–1997
Position Point guard
Number 15, 32, 7, 12
Coaching career 1998–present
Career history
As player:
19821986 Golden State Warriors
1986–1987 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1987–1988 Houston Rockets
19881991 New Jersey Nets
1991–1992 Milwaukee Bucks
1993 Los Angeles Clippers
1993–1994 Rapid City Thrillers (CBA)
1994 Indiana Pacers
1995 Los Angeles Lakers
1996–1997 Florida Beach Dogs (CBA)
As coach:
1998 Boston Celtics (assistant)
2004–2005 Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2005–2007 Milwaukee Bucks (assistant)
2007–2010 Indiana Pacers (assistant)
20102013 Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20132015 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.

Professional career[edit]

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.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

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.[2] 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.


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