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UPDATE: Kurt Rambis accepts four-year, $4.8 million to be Derek Fisher’s lead assistant in New York

Jul 3, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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UPDATE 5:45 pm: It’s hard to say no to that kind of money.

Kurt Rambis has accepted the job as Derek Fisher’s lead assistant, bringing the triangle offense to New York, reports Ian Begley at

Rambis has head coaching experience as well as having been an assistant under Phil Jackson, and last season with Mike D’Antoni in New York (although he may try to repress those memories). Just having someone who has done the job before and knows some of the rhythm of it will help Fisher.

10:45 am: The cost of hiring a coach is going up. Fast. There are plenty in the coaching community rankled by the fact Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr each got five-year, $25 million coaching contracts without ever having done the job before. It is driving up the price of coaches everywhere.

Including assistant coaches. Last year Lawrence Frank got big money to piss off Jason Kidd (apparently), now this summer the Cavaliers gave Tyronn Lue $1.6 million a year to help David Blatt adjust to the NBA. The Warriors nearly doubled Alvin Gentry’s salary (north of $800,000) to move him from the right hand of Doc Rivers to the right hand of Steve Kerr.

Now the Knicks are going big to get Kurt Rambis to move across the country and help out Derek Fisher, reports the New York Post.

The Knicks have made Lakers coaching candidate Kurt Rambis a four-year offer of roughly $1.2 million per year to be rookie coach Derek Fisher’s top assistant, according to an NBA source….

Rambis, a triangle guru and Lakers assistant last season, remains in the mix for the Lakers’ head-coaching vacancy and still is mulling a cross-country move to New York.

Rambis is in the mix for the Lakers head coaching spot in the same way Denzel Washington is — unless a star free agent specifically requested him that job is going to someone else. And nobody is requesting him. Plus, as the Lakers still want to land Kevin Love hiring Rambis is a poor idea (those two clashed in Minnesota when Rambis limited Love’s minutes).

Rambis just has to decide if he really wants to pack up and move to New York or not. He likely would have television and other options in Los Angeles, but not for near that money.

Other potential Knicks assistant coaches could be Jim Cleamons, Bill Cartwright and Rick Fox.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Oh thank you NY, PJ! Please take him off the Lakers list!!

    Love you though Rambo!

  2. csbanter - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Yeah Phil is definitely bringing in his LA “homies”

    “Westside” – Ice cube

  3. romestar82 - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    New York “Lakers”

  4. phillyguyindc - Jul 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Help wanted: Anyone who has played in, coached, or help me coach the triangle offense.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      QB’s are hard to find..but this guy is a half back at best. not a top end WR moving the ball down the field…But, he is getting the cash…take it and run buddy ..Its a good day job if you can get it.

  5. dondada10 - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Guys who never coached are getting 5+ mil a year meanwhile guys like Herb Williams and Pat Ewing, who both played and coached, can’t even get interviews.

    • kash71 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      I still don’t get why Ewing hasn’t been given a chance yet.

      • phillyguyindc - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        Idk either, I suggested he should be on the Knicks radar but I got thumbs down out the wazoo.

      • mackcarrington - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        I’ve never seen or heard anywhere that Ewing really wants to be a head coach.
        it’s not that hard to make it known if that’s what he really wants. Same for Bob McAdoo. Those guys make decent money, get to still be involved in the game, and not have pressure that a head coach has.

      • stoudemelo - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        I hate to be the guy who says it but I believe is it because his speech and ability to communicate. X’s and O’s are important but if you can’t lead the charge you won get anywhere.

    • enigma2742 - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:10 PM


  6. rodyaugu - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    He signed up to be Fisher’s replacement.

  7. imakcds - Jul 3, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Phil has torn down the Laker organization, trying to marry into ownership, dividing and creating conflicts among the Buss family….
    now he is stealing the husband of a Buss member?
    phil is a combo snake/jackel, the Rat that he is needs to be made known.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      this guy is a key cog of the org? who you kidding.

  8. campcouch - Jul 3, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    This is no different than a player getting paid on potential or a mid-level free agent getting paid a hefty contract. Other coaches should be ecstatic, this gives them leverage when it’s time for their contract negotiations.

    • jollyjoker2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      they are pushing the cost of everyone up..I guess there is a lot of cash to be made in BB. Wow. Fans will need to dig a little deeper for the little sisters of the poor I guess.

  9. genericcommenter - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Fun Fact: This contract averages $1.2 mil/year. His top salary as a player was $1.1 million, and he made about $3.5 million over the 4 peak contract years of his playing career.

    Steve Kerr is guaranteed to just about double his 15 year career earnings as a player.

  10. jollyjoker2 - Jul 4, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    lot of $$$$$ good for him. I don’t understand all this cash thrown at folks but someone is coughing it up.

  11. onlyavoice - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    The circus gets bigger.
    Phil the ring leader along with his other clueless clowns.
    It’s getting more & more obvious why the Lakers wanted nothing to do with him.

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