Los Angeles Lakers officially hire Kurt Rambis... as an assistant

7/29/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Oct.1, 2012, 2012;   El Segundo, CA, USA;    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) is interviewed by Kurt Rambis during media day at the Los Angeles Lakers Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Lakers announced on Monday that they’ve officially hired assistant coaches Kurt Rambis and Johnny Davis, after long-running rumors that they would do so.

This is Kurt’s second stint as an assistant with the Lakers, and he also filled in at head coach in the 1998-99 season.

GM Mitch Kupchak had some words to say:

"Kurt and Johnny bring many years of NBA experience both as coaches and as former players to this team. Kurt is a great basketball mind, extremely good at working with big men and his experience as a head coach in this league is going to prove very helpful to our staff. Johnny is a two-time NBA head coach with years of experience playing as well as coaching in this league. The vast array of NBA knowledge he brings to the table will be invaluable to us."

This fits in perfectly with the Lakers conspiracy scheme to bring back some fan favorites during the season of one-year contracts, since Kurt also played for the team as a part of the “Showtime” Lakers..
He also tweeted about it, saying:

It's official. I'm back with the @Lakers. #Assistant coach. Very excited. @ESPN @TWC.

— Kurt Rambis (@KRambis) July 29, 2013
Hiring Kurt, who worked under Phil Jackson previously, has been seen by some as undermining coach Mike D’Antoni since he brings a different philosophy to the table.

For those of us who subscribe to wishful thinking, he can easily step in once they inevitably fire D’Antoni.
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