Mike Penberthy

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Mike Penberthy
Los Angeles Lakers
PositionAssistant coach
Personal information
Born (1974-11-29) November 29, 1974 (age 44)
Los Gatos, California
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolHerbert Hoover (Fresno, California)
CollegeThe Master's College (1993–1997)
NBA draft1997 / Undrafted
Playing career1997–2012
PositionPoint guard
Number4, 12, 17, 20
Career history
As player:
1997Idaho Stampede
1997–1998BCJ Hamburg Tigers
1998–1999Quad City Thunder
1999Cocodrilos de Caracas
1999–2000BCJ Hamburg Tigers
20002001Los Angeles Lakers
2002–2005Pompea Napoli
2005–2006Alba Berlin
2006–2007Snaidero Cucine Udine
2007Bipop Carire Reggio Emilia
2007–2008Snaidero Udine
2011–2012Los Angeles Slam
As coach:
2018–2019New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)
2019–presentLos Angeles Lakers (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Dunkin Penberthy (born November 29, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard from The Master's College (now The Master's University), Penberthy went undrafted in the 1997 NBA Draft but did manage to play for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons (2000-01 to 2001–02). Penberthy was part of their 2000–01 championship team.

Early life and college[edit]

Born in Los Gatos, California, Penberthy graduated from Herbert Hoover High School at Fresno, California in 1993. He played college basketball for The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California, where he played with distinction, broke numerous school records (including most career points), was a 2-time NAIA All-American, and was later a charter member of the college for the 2003-2004 season. He held the NAIA record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made, with 111, until it was broken in December 2005 by Brandon Cole of John Brown University.[1] He graduated from The Master's College in 1997 with a B.A. degree in biblical studies.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Penberthy tried out for the Indiana Pacers and tore his right hamstring; he took three months off and joined the Continental Basketball Association team Idaho Stampede, which drafted him from college. The Stampede cut Penberthy, who said he "hated" playing there, and he transferred to the German team Hamburg Tigers.[3][4]

During the summer of 1998, when the NBA locked out its players, Penberthy worked as a forklift driver at Turf Tek, a company managed by a cousin of his. The following fall, Penberthy joined sports ministry Athletes in Action and the CBA team Quad City Thunder but was cut due to a sprained right ankle. From April to June 1999, Penberthy played for the Venezuelan team Crocodilos de Caracas.[4][5]

In his NBA career, Penberthy played in 56 games (all with the Lakers) and had averages of 4.9 points, 1.3 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game while playing 15.4 minutes per game on average.

The Lakers waived Penberthy on November 10, 2001.[6] Afterwards, he played basketball in Italy and Germany and competed in the ULEB Cups of 2005, 2006, and 2007.[7] While with Alba Berlin, Penberthy helped the team win the German Cup of 2006.[5] In 2011, Penberthy signed with the Los Angeles Slam of the ABA.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

In the 2014–15 season, Penberthy was the shooting coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.[9] In the 2018–19 season, Penberthy was the shooting coach for the New Orleans Pelicans. In the summer of 2019, Penberthy was hired as the assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Personal life[edit]

Penberthy married Wendy Jones, who attended The Master's College with him and played volleyball for the college. They have three children. Ty, Jaden and Kate.[2]


  1. ^ NAIA star makes 3-pointer in record 112 straight games
  2. ^ a b "2003-04 Charter Members". The Master's College. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Bias, Kevin C. (April 9, 2001), "Identity Crisis", Sports Illustrated, 94 (15), archived from the original on October 3, 2009
  4. ^ a b Turner, Broderick (December 20, 2000). "Lakers' shooting star". Riverside Press-Enterprise. Retrieved January 20, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Snaidero inks Mike Penberthy". Eurocup. January 19, 2007. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Brown, Tim (November 11, 2001). "Penberthy Becomes Victim of Numbers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "Mike Penberthy". Doudiz. Archived from the original on 2011-04-19.
  8. ^ http://abalive.com/aba-featured-news/la-slam-acquires-former-nba-players/
  9. ^ http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/timberwolves-add-mike-penberthy-jason-hervey-basketball-operations-staff

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