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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 10:35 am  |  9 responses

Los Angeles Lakers Adding Kurt Rambis to Coaching Staff


Phil Jackson’s protege, Kurt Rambis, is on the verge of re-joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Rambis will reportedly be added to head coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff for next season. Per ESPN and the LA Times: “Rambis, an ESPN analyst, has been an assistant coach with the Lakers on and off between 1999 and 2009; he was the lead assistant from 2001-04 and 2005-09. He has eight championship rings as a player, coach and front office executive. In 2009, he left to become coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was fired after just two seasons with the rebuilding club. His return to the Lakers is seen as a stabilizing force because of his experience and institutional knowledge of the franchise. Rambis has been seen in Las Vegas, spending time watching summer league games alongside Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and his brother, Dan. The Lakers are also expected to hire former Orlando Magic coach Johnny Davis, the source said. [...] The Lakers are ’90% certain’ they will add Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni’s staff, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, though some minor details remain to make the transaction official. Rambis was an assistant coach with the Lakers from 2005-09 before becoming the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for two years. Interestingly enough, the Lakers also considered hiring Luke Walton as a player-development coach but the former Lakers forward wanted to pursue his playing career at least one more season. The position was eventually filled by Mark Madsen, another former Lakers player.”

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  • RunNGun

    Return of the rhombus or was it the triangle?

  • LakeShow

    Good.
    Kurt can provide insights to D’Antoni if he’ll hear them.

  • spit hot fiyah

    goggles for everybody?

  • bike

    Too bad they couldn’t land Luke. They would then have the added benefit of father Bill chiming in every now and then. Kurt, Luke, and Father Bill would have made for a very formidable trio of assistant coaches and might even give D’Antoni motivation to reflect on the meaning of life.

  • LakeShow

    lol

  • Jay Brodes

    rather have bshaw and i trust rambis over dantoni any day of the week. rambis has showed me a lot more than dantoni has all season this past year. took him all year to figure out how to use Pau. a lot of injuries, moving parts and such but no way it should have taken him that long to figure the offense out..not good!

  • Jay Brodes

    rather have bshaw and i trust rambis over dantoni any day of the week. rambis has showed me a lot more than dantoni has all season this past year. took him all year to figure out how to use Pau. a lot of injuries, moving parts and such but no way it should have taken him that long to figure the offense out..not good!

  • LLC#12

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7r6vXeOfyQ I hope somehow when the Rockets play the Lakers, Rambis and McHale pick up double technicals or something

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    MARK MADSEN: some people just fall butt-backwards into fortunate situations their whole life. Favourite role player list for lakers:
    Mark Madsen
    Travis Knight
    AC Green
    Elden Campbell
    Earl Clarkson

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