HoopsHype Kurt Rambis rumors

May 15, 2014 Updates

Jackson's plan, according to a source, would be to assemble an experienced staff around Fisher which could potentially include Kurt Rambis and Bill Cartwright, two former NBA head coaches. Jackson thinks highly of Rambis, the long-time Lakers assistant, and there is a possibility that Rambis could be hired as a head coach. New York Daily News

The one reservation, according to a source, is that Rambis wouldn't make a big splash like Fisher or Kerr. Rambis has been a head coach with bot h the Lakers and Timberwolves and has amassed a record of 56-145. Rambis most recently coached the Timberwolves for two years and went 32-132 before being fired after the 2010-11 season. New York Daily News

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So who do the Lakers hire to replace D’Antoni, who was doomed this season by a plague of injuries? We continue to hear that ex-Lakers Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis are viable candidates. Derek Fisher, also a former Laker, but might not be so viable with no experience. But that didn’t stop the Lakers from floating out his name as a candidate. Jeff Van Gundy is in the running. Stan Van Gundy has also been mentioned. He was recently contacted by the Pistons about their vacancy, but the talks didn’t get anywhere when he asked about getting power over personnel decisions. The Lakers decided to flood the grapevine, so if there had been a third Van Gundy brother, he probably would have been listed, too. New York Daily News

May 1, 2014 Updates

It's believed that Byron Scott and Kurt Rambis, both former Lakers from the team's 1980s glory days, will be considered as well. Scott has been working as a studio analyst on Lakers broadcasts since his 2013 dismissal by the Cleveland Cavaliers; Rambis has already had one stint as the Lakers' head coach and is still under contract to the team for next season after serving as an assistant to D'Antoni last season. ESPN.com

April 9, 2014 Updates

Brian Shaw? The fellow former Laker would certainly be a strong candidate but is in his first season as head coach of the Denver Nuggets. Kurt Rambis, the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach, current Lakers assistant and Jackson protégé? Who knows. Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins? Perhaps. USA Today Sports

April 5, 2014 Updates

Jackson maintained a healthy distance from the various personnel men he worked with during his two stints with the Lakers, which is why there are no L.A. execs of recent vintage who strike you as an instant nominee. Ex-Lakers official and current Suns scout Ronnie Lester has been mentioned, but Lester and Jackson don't have anything resembling the sort of bond that the Zen Master has with the likes of Kurt Rambis, Scottie Pippen, Ron Harper and the still-active Derek Fisher. The reality, though, is that those four Phil disciples don't possess the sort of experience and/or proven front-office versatility that Jackson could surely use to lean on. ESPN.com

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While some might see some tension between the slower, more deliberate triangle offense—and Rambis’ association with it—and D’Antoni’s style, Rambis said that simply is not true. Rambis doesn’t consider himself a triangle ideologue, nor does he see the offense as being at odds with D’Antoni’s style. “Just to be clear, I ran parts of (the triangle) in Minnesota, I ran aspects of it,” Rambis said. “With Phil, we ran in Los Angeles what he wanted to run, but there are lot of teams in the league that run parts of it, that run aspects of it. "So, when you look at the players on the team, there are a lot of guys who would fit into the three-man game actions, two-man game actions, and that would be highly beneficial for those players involved, because it is a challenge for the defense to figure out where to help from. Even Mike runs that as part of his offense, he has parts where guys can fit into the two-man game action that you see in the triangle.” Sporting News

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Rambis said former Lakers coach Phil Jackson was in favor of the move. "We're still friends," Rambis said of Jackson. "We still talk basketball. He's back in Montana. He's got a lot of family and friends back there now, so he's dealing with an awful lot of people at his homes there. So, he's focusing on them. But, he thinks this is a great opportunity for me and he's excited about it." ESPN.com

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