Recently hired as an assistant to Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni, Johnny Davis hopes to help the Lakers become more of a bonded unit.

“The key is that we really and truly and sincerely have to be a team,” said Davis said to Mike Trudell of on Thursday.  ”Not just a collective of guys wearing the same color uniform, but truly a team so when you are practicing or doing anything, you don’t want to let your teammate down.”

Davis, who recently served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors, was added to the Lakers staff in late July.  Davis also has head coaching experience with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers.  He also won an NBA title in 1977 as a point guard with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Reported by Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times (Blog)