Mike Penberthy 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 played for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning an NBA championship in 2001.
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.
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 Cocodrilos de Caracas.
Mike Penberthy Teams: What Teams Has Mike Penberthy Coached So Far?
Mike Penberthy has so far coached two teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA) namely; New Orleans Pelicans.
- 2018–2019 New Orleans Pelicans (assistant)
- 2019–present Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)