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Report: Lakers close to hiring Kurt Rambis as assistant coach

Jul 16, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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Well, this is just going to fuel more Phil Jackson talk in Los Angeles…

The Lakers may be bringing back former Jackson lead assistant Kurt Rambis as an assistant coach on Mike D’Antoni’s staff, reports Ramona Shelburne at ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The Los Angeles Lakers are “close” to hiring Kurt Rambis for their coaching staff, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday…

Rambis has been seen in Las Vegas, spending time watching summer league games alongside Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni and his brother, Dan.

Rambis has been an ESPN television analyst since he was let go as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He went to Minnesota after being Jackson’s lead assistant for years.

Rambis would likely be a solid addition to the coaching staff and someone that could work with D’Antoni (even though he’s seemed a fan of D’Antoni’s preferred style). He certainly knows the Lakers organization.

But Rambis’ ties to Jackson will keep the hope that PJ will come back to coach and save the franchise alive among fans.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Good(?)

  2. syem626 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    bueno

  3. hungrybear22 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    After Kurt spent every morning on ESPN during the season trashing Dantoni, gonna be pretty awkward.

    Honestly though, he’s a solid assistant coach, terrible as a head coach during 98-99 and with the Wolves, but he engineered the defense that won the last two championships for the Lakers.

  4. onlyavoice - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Ha Ha D’Antoni, Take a Look At Your Replacement.
    Kobe Doesn’t Want D’antoni. It was Kobe Who Was Calling The Shots Last Season.
    Nash Sucks & Kobe Moves Him To The 2. Kobe Gets Howard & Pau Playing Together.
    If Kobe Did Not Get Hurt D’Antoni May Have Been Fired & Dwight Would Have Signed.
    (Remember Kobe Texting Plays While Hurt & D’Antoni Felt Belittled)

  5. kb2408 - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Introducing to you the LAKERS next Head Coach, Kurt Rambisssss!!!! Mike D’s days are numbered.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I can dig it.

  7. 13arod - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    After howard leaves u do this no wonder he left

  8. fearthehoody - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    This will be a good stepping stone for Rambis once D’antoni gets canned. JV teams before Varsity ball.

  9. FinFan68 - Jul 16, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Coach Jackson is obviously a great coach but IIRC he basically wanted a part time minimal travel gig. No way that should ever be acceptable to any team.

  10. dyn0myte - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    If Jim Buss is considering the hiring
    of someone who had once been part
    of the Phil Jackson “team”

    there may be light at the end of the tunnel after all.

    Then again,
    if Jim Buss is involved,
    the light is probably a train
    heading down the track
    straight at us.

  11. steviegjd - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    No D Antoni is holding a seat for the next lakers coach.

    The team assembled this year is going to blow and hopefully get in the Wiggins sweepstakes. Mike is just there for the bad year to the bottom.

  12. ambitoos - Jul 16, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I think this is a move for the future. Kurt has always been a part of the Laker family. He’s still young enough to go through the rebuilding that is coming I’m glad to see him back and now he has Head Coaching experience. Good guy also.

  13. asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Interesting that they’d bring in Rambis after making such a big deal of moving away from the triangle. I can dig it. Rambis is a good assistant, and could serve as an acceptable interim coach if D’Antoni gets a pink slip.

  14. jimsjam33 - Jul 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Rambis should always be welcomed as part of the Laker staff.

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 17, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      Exactly, he was a Laker way before he was a Jackson pupil.

  15. lakerade - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Rambis spearheaded the defense of the 2009 championship team. Just more Lakers coming home to fortify in this time of darkness, I like it.

  16. zacksdad - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    So basically finally hire someone that might of helped to keep Howard. I do not understand Jimmie, he cannot make up his mind like a child that he is.

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